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.