PSG blast LaLiga president Javier Tebas over 'insulting' attacks

PSG blast LaLiga president Javier Tebas over ‘insulting’ and ‘unsubstantiated’ attacks against the club and its stars after he branded them the ‘enemy’ in the wake of Lionel Messi’s move to Paris

  • Paris Saint-Germain have hit back at LaLiga president Javier Tebas in a bitter row 
  • Tebas has target the French club and it’s players with bizarre recent comments 
  • The Ligue 1 side have responded with a letter, calling his claims ‘insulting’ 
  • France’s top flight have also issued a statement taking aim at LaLiga’s chief 
  • The head of Spain’s top flight appeared to take aim at Lionel Messi’s France move

Paris Saint-Germain have hit back at LaLiga boss Javier Tebas in the row over his continued attacks on the French club and its players. 

The head of Spain’s top flight launched into a stinging attack on Tuesday at a press event for an official Panini sticker album, labelling the Ligue 1 side ‘as dangerous as the Super League and calling them ‘a league of legends’ following their acquisitions of former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and Barcelona icon Lionel Messi. 

LaLiga are still reeling from a summer that saw a number of high profile individuals leave the division, including Ramos and Messi, who were both picked up on a free transfer by PSG. 

PSG have hit back at Javier Tebas for his public rant against the French club over its spending

Barcelona were unable to register on a new contract due to club’s dire financial situation. 

As a result, Messi signed a deal with PSG at the beginning of August to join the club on a two-year deal, understood to be worth £35million a season.

He was one of five high profile new arrivals at the Parc des Princes, alongside Ramos, Achraf Halkimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Georginio Wijnaldum. 

The arrival of those signings, despite four arriving for no transfer fee, has drawn the ire of Tebas, who said: ‘Currently PSG spends more than €600million (£515m) on salaries (per year). Television in France will pay nothing more than €70m (£60.1m).

‘They declared commercial losses 30 per cent above the average of others in Europe… that’s not is sustainable. It can’t happen.’ 

PSG have now responded to Tebas, hitting out at his ‘unsubstantiated’ claims, while also pointing to the issues within his own league that have not been addressed.

A letter seen by Sportsmail to the LaLiga President, signed by the club’s general secretary Victoriano Melero, states: ‘Time after time, you allow yourself to publicly attack the French League, our Club, our players – together with players of other Clubs – and the fans of French football; while constantly posting insulting and defamatory statements insinuating that we do not conform to the football financial regulations, amongst other unsubstantiated statements.

‘Indeed, year after year, it will not have escaped your attention that we comply with UEFA and French regulations, including those of the DNCG.

The Ligue 1 side secured Lionel Messi on a free transfer after his Barcelona contract expired 

‘It is worth noting that the French League did not, like your League, wait until recent years to take actions and put in place strong financial regulations.’

Tebas also suggested that PSG posed a greater threat to European football than the European Super League on Monday.

However, PSG were quick to point out that the failed breakaway included three of LaLiga’s own clubs – including two that have yet to denounce the plan. 

‘I would add these attacks are unhelpful in the context of institutions and clubs across European football focusing every energy on finding common solutions to the problems facing football. 

‘That is, of course, except the three ESL clubs, two of which are in your League. I am quite surprised you are not focusing more of your attention on the two clubs in your League that remain steadfast focused on breaking up your League, and European football as a whole.’  

PSG, along with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, rejected invitations to join the breakaway concept towards the end of last season. 

A letter addressed to Tebas was signed off by PSG general secretary Victoriano Melero (right)

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid all decided to take part. The latter two have never formally left the ESL. 

PSG were not the only ones to take issue with Tebas’ words on Tuesday. 

Ligue 1 also released a strongly-worded statement, which described the 59-year-olds’ claims as ‘outrageous’ before pointing to LaLiga’s own history of financial mismanagement. 

‘The words of the president of the Spanish Football League are not worthy of the institution he represents and which the Professional Football League has always respected,’ read the statement on the LFP’s official site. 

‘The Professional Football League therefore asks Mr. Javier Tebas to monitor his outrageous statements.   

‘The Professional Football League does not wish to be the “muleta” agitated by Mr Tebas in order to hide the internal problems currently going through by Spanish professional football.

‘On the other hand, we wish to recall that the financial largesse which the Spanish clubs have benefited from for many seasons and which are at the origin of the current problems, are neither our responsibility nor that of Paris Saint-Germain.’

PSG RESPONSE TO TEBAS IN FULL

Dear Mr Tebas,

Time after time, you allow yourself to publicly attack the French League, our Club, our players – together with players of other Clubs – and the fans of French football; while constantly posting insulting and defamatory statements insinuating that we do not conform to the football financial regulations, amongst other unsubstantiated statements.

Indeed, year after year, it will not have escaped your attention that we comply with UEFA and French regulations, including those of the DNCG.

It is worth noting that the French League did not, like your League, wait until recent years to take actions and put in place strong financial regulations.

You decided some time ago to put in place a strategy favoring the economic expansion of LaLiga without having domestic financial regulations in place. Now you blame the consequences of this on others, while French football has had a system in force for over 20 years.

It is now publicly-known that certain Spanish clubs and your League are facing unsustainable levels of debt after gross mismanagement, not to mention the way Spanish football has been financed over the past decade – including by the State.

Now, you are also directly and disrespectfully attacking the players, simply because they decided to leave your competition, while at the same time you have been taking full advantage of having these world-greatest players in promoting your League until very recently.

Your remarkable comments on the age of these players not only insults their past and current roles in defining how our great game is played, but also the millions of fans around the world who idolize them.

Finally, I would add these attacks are unhelpful in the context of institutions and clubs across European football focusing every energy on finding common solutions to the problems facing football. That is, of course, except the three ESL clubs, two of which are in your League.

I am quite surprised you are not focusing more of your attention on the two clubs in your League that remain steadfast focused on breaking up your League, and European football as a whole.

In all this context, we invite you to focus on solving your domestic issues, which you are responsible, and to stop your transparent and repeated diversion attempts.

Regards,

Victoriano Melero 




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