Javier Tebas has accused Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain of “financial doping” due to “oil or gas money”.
The La Liga boss was speaking in relation to the economic impacts of Covid-19 and the ramifications that the pandemic was having on spending within the sport.
Tebas claimed that all clubs across football were struggling to invest at their pre-pandemic levels but insisted that the English league leaders and current French champions were different due to their ownership structure and access to funds.
He went further and claimed that “financial doping” was the reason for City and the Parisians to be able to outspend rivals – something which impacts upon Spanish giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Tebas. as cited by Marca, via Football Espana, said: “The prices that are spoken of over certain players are very difficult to pay except the state-owned clubs like PSG and Man City that sign with oil or gas money. They are the only ones that could do such operations in a tricky way. There is €8,000m less in the market. I see that a PSG or City appears (spending money) because of their financial doping, but not in the rest of the teams.”
Back in July, Tebas claimed, as quoted by BBC Sport, that “everyone knows” Manchester City had flouted FFP regulations and stated that the Court of Arbitration for Sport “did things badly” in order to allow the club to participate in this season’s Champions League, after UEFA had initially banned the club from participating for two seasons.
Manchester City’s unbeaten run stretched to a Club record equalling 28 games as the Pep Guardiola’s side eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League.
City were in control from the first whistle and took the lead when Leander Dendoncker turned Riyad Mahrez’s cross into his own net in the 15th minute, but Conor Coady netted an equaliser when he headed in from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick just past the hour mark.
It was Wolves’ first shot of the game, but City’s response was emphatic as they struck three times in the final 10 minutes to deservedly seal a 21st consecutive win in all competitions.
Gabriel Jesus smashed home from close range after Kyle Walker’s cross was deflected into his path to restore City’s lead, before Mahrez all but wrapped up the points in the final minute when he reacted quickest inside the area to drive a loose ball past Rui Patricio.
Jesus grabbed his second and City’s fourth in the final seconds, tapping in after Ilkay Gundogan’s 20-yard effort was parried back into his path, which was originally ruled offside before being overturned by VAR.
The win sends the Etihad club 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and sees tehm match the Club record unbeaten run put together under Guardiola from May to December in 2017.
Italy’s football legends Fabio Capello, Paolo Di Canio and Beppe Bergomi praised Fikayo Tomori and discussed whether the Chelsea loanee should become a regular Milan starter.
Tomori started in Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma in place of the Rossoneri Capitan and his performance did not only delight Milan fans, but the three Sky Sport pundits.
“As a coach, I always wanted fast defenders. Milan have always had strong defensive departments. Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini, even Tassotti. If you have a pacey defender, you’re lucky. Tomori played a great game. The recovery on Borja Mayoral in the first half was impressive,” said Fabio Capello.
“Juventus stepped up when they signed Barzagli. He was faster than Bonucci and Chiellini, he made the difference. That’s my idea,” the former coach continued.
Former Lazio and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio was also full of praise for the Chelsea loanee.
“I noticed his concentration and his aggressivity. He was never caught out of position. He was determined to defend well. He let his teammates breathe when he cleared the area. I think they have the feeling he is confortable in in one vs. one situations as he can read the game well.”
So, has Romagnoli lost his place in Milan’s starting XI?
“This can only be a moment. Maybe it’s not a definitive choice,” argued Bergomi.
“Milan conceded a few goals lately and Pioli decided to rest Romagnoli. Now we’ll see what happens. Surely, it was an important choice.”
Nigeria are trying to persuade Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma to switch allegiances from the Netherlands.
According to The Sun, Nigeria are hoping to take advantage of new FIFA rules, which makes it easier for a player to change nations. The new rule means a player is not committed unless they play three competitive games for a nation.
The forward won two caps for the Oranje in 2018 against Germany in the Nations League and a friendly versus Belgium in which he scored.
It would allow Danjuma to play for the Super Eagles despite his Nations League appearance.
The 24-year-old was born in Lagos to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, but has previously pledged allegiance to Oranje. He moved to Holland aged four and eventually joined PSV’s academy.
He even spoke in December about his hopes of getting a call-up from Frank de Boer.
He told AD, via Football Oranje: “Oranje is in my head, but I wonder whether it is appreciated what I show across the border. I have the qualities for Oranje, but of course, I am not the national coach. The European Championship, soon the World Cup, those are dreams. “
Danjuma has made 21 league appearances for Bournemouth this season, scoring seven times.
Josep Maria Bartomeu is among those who have been arrested on Monday morning as the Catalan police force raided club offices, say reports.
According to Football Espana, it is in connection to the case which has become known as ‘Barçagate’ – in which the club hired a third company to defame their rivals, both inside and outside the club, in the media.
Catalan police force Mossos raided the club’s facilities on Monday morning and they have confirmed that arrests have been made in relation to the case but have not disclosed who has been among those to be detained.
Bartomeu has not been involved with the Catalan giants since he and his board resigned from their posts in October last year, triggering a new set of presidential elections, and he is said to have been arrested at his home this morning.
CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti and Jaume Masferrer – the former right-hand man of Bartomeu – are also reported to have been among those arrested by the police.
The ‘Barçagate’ story emerged in relation to reported documents that were said to show the inner workings and financial transactions of the club, which caused a stir in the Spanish media.