France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has given its backing to Paris Saint-Germain and criticised the language used by La Liga president Javier Tebas towards the club and Neymar.
Tebas’ has consistently criticised PSG and their €222 million purchase of Neymar from Barcelona and in his latest outburst on the topic he said the pair were “peeing in the bed or the swimming pool” and making a mockery of financial fair play.
Subsequently the LFP released a statement saying that they “strongly condemn” the words used by Tebas and said that “these words are not worthy of an institution as respectable and effective as the Spanish League.”
The statement went on to say that only UEFA can judge PSG’s adherence to the financial fair play rules and said that the LFP Executive “reaffirms its support for Paris Saint-Germain in the face of a negative campaign led by certain big European clubs over several weeks now.”
UEFA has launched a formal investigation into PSG’s transfer dealings to see if they have breached the FFP rules with the purchase of Neymar and the arrival of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on a season-long loan.
Manchester City have also taken offence to Tebas’ comments and are considering legal action after he accused the club of “financial doping” and “cooking the books” by manipulating the price of players loaned to sister club Girona.
Meanwhile, PSG may be facing a legal battle with Hatem Ben Arfa, its own player. He wants to take the club to the LFP after he was sent to train with the reserve team. Over the summer Ben Arfa was told that he wasn’t needed at the club but rather than leave he chose to see out the remaining 12 months of his contract. In response the team sent him to train with their reserve side, which play in France’s amateur fourth tier.