Paris Saint-Germain reacted to Javier Tebas’s continued attacks on French club and its players in La Liga.
At Tuesday’s Panini sticker event, the head of Spain’s top flight unleashed a stinging attack. He called the Ligue 1 team ‘as dangerous’ as the Super League and called them ‘a league full of legends’ after they acquired former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos (Barcelona icon) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona icon).
LaLiga is still reeling from the summer in which a number high-profile individuals left the division. This included Messi and Ramos, who were both taken on a free transfer to PSG.
Barcelona couldn’t sign a new contract because of their dire financial situation.
Messi signed a contract with PSG in August to join the club. It was a two-year deal that is worth PS35million per season.
He was among five new high-profile arrivals to Parc des Princes.
Tebas was furious at the arrival of these signings, even though four of them arrived for no transfer fee. He stated: “Currently PSG spends more EUR600million (PS515m), on salaries (per annum). Television France will not pay more than EUR70m (PS60.1m).
“They declared commercial losses 30% higher than the European average… That’s not sustainable.” It cannot happen.
PSG has now replied to Tebas, slamming his claims as ‘unsubstantiated’ and pointing out the problems within his league that have yet to be addressed.
Victoriano Melero, general secretary of the club, wrote a letter to La Liga President. It stated: ‘Time and again, you allow yourself the opportunity to publicly attack France League, our Club, and our players – along with players from other Clubs – and the fans of French Football; while continually posting insulting statements and defamatory statements insinuating we don’t conform to the football financial rules, among other unsubstantiated assertions.
‘Indeed it won’t have escaped your notice year after year that we comply with UEFA regulations and French regulations including the DNCG.
“It’s worth noting, however, that the French League didn’t wait until recent years to act and set up strong financial regulations.
Tebas suggested that PSG was a bigger threat to European football than Monday’s European Super League.
PSG was quick to point out, however, that the failed breakaway involved three clubs of LaLiga – two of which have yet to denounce it.
“I would add that these attacks are unhelpful when it comes to institutions and clubs across European Football focusing all their energy on finding solutions to the problems facing football.
“That’s, of course except for the three ESL clubs that are two of your League. It is quite surprising that you don’t pay more attention to the two clubs in your League who remain focused on breaking up European football as a whole.
PSG rejected the invitation to join the breakaway group along with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund towards the end last season.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid decided to participate. These two latter-day members have never officially left the ESL.