The news of Mbappe’s U-turn was met with a vociferous response from Spanish football authorities, with LaLiga saying it will complain to UEFA, French tax authorities and the European Union over PSG’s “non-compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play”.
A statement from LaLiga on Saturday night read: “This type of agreement attacks the economic sustainability of European football, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs and sporting integrity at risk – not only in European competitions, but also in domestic leagues.
“It is scandalous a club like PSG, which last season reported losses of more than €220m, after accumulating losses of more than €700m in prior seasons (while reporting sponsorship income at a doubtful valuation) with a cost of sports staff around €650m for this 2021-22 season, can face an agreement of these characteristics while those clubs that could accept the arrival of the player without seeing their wage bill compromised, are left without being able to sign him.
“For all of the above, LaLiga is going to file a complaint against PSG before UEFA, administrative and tax authorities in France and before the competent bodies of the European Union, to continue defending the economic ecosystem of European football and its sustainability.”
The statement concluded the behaviour of PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and his club “endangers European football on the same level as the European Super League”.
‘PSG won’t lose sleep over LaLiga legal action’
French football expert Tom Williams:
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rival championship taking umbrage at a player signing a new contract at his club in another championship. I’m not a legal expect but I struggle to see how LaLiga can possibly affect this.
“It’s not the first time [LaLiga president] Javier Tebas has been sounding off about the money PSG have and the way they spend it. It is obviously a lot of money that they’re having to spend to hold onto Mbappe and question marks will be raised about that.
“As happy as PSG are, is it a great thing for football that this very small handful of clubs have the means they have and are able to spend money like that? It certainly doesn’t feel like a good thing for the long-term health of the game.
“In terms of the suggestions of legal action from LaLiga or anything like that I suspect the PSG directors won’t be losing too much sleep.”
Mbappe mentioned the president in his statement announcing the contract: “I would like to thank the President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, for his trust, his understanding and his patience.
“I would also like to thank all the fans of Paris Saint-Germain, both in France and around the world, for their support, especially in recent months. Together, side by side and ambitious, we will make magic in Paris.”
Source: Sky Sports