“State clubs” Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain represent a danger to football, and strict financial controls are needed to prevent them from vastly outspending their rivals, La Liga president Javier Tebas said.
Tebas, who has spoken out against City and PSG before, added that a state-run club would be against financial rules in Spain, and urged European football’s governing body Uefa to clamp down on what he called “financial doping”.
Premier League champions City are owned by City Football Group, in which the Abu Dhabi United Group has an 87 percent stake, while French title-holders PSG have been owned by the Qatar Sports Investment fund since 2011.
“State clubs... present a danger that football hasn’t seen before. They’re operating entirely outside of the rules and risk inflating markets to disastrous levels through their financial doping,” Tebas told the Totally Football Show.
“The governors of European football need to show a much stronger commitment to healthy domestic football.