La Liga president Javier Tebas has hit out at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, saying the “state-run” clubs are ruining European football.
Man City, owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates and PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investments, have both achieved huge domestic success in recent years in part due to their big-spending ways.
Both clubs have also been forced to deny breaking UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, with City currently facing a potential season-long Champions League ban.
Speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Football summit, Tebas said: “The problem with PSG and City is they’re state-run clubs: one off petrol money, one off gas.
“The damage happening on Euro football is massive because they are inflating the market so clubs have to pay ridiculous sums to keep their players.
“There are clubs who could not care less what their real incomes are when they want to sign a player because they receive incomes from a state.
“It forces other clubs into an economic situation which is really living on the edge. It skews the balance of the entire European football structure.
“This is no longer sport. This is no longer an industry. It becomes more like a toy, the plaything of a state.”