Paris Saint-Germain have ‘strongly denied’ allegations that it was involved in secret meetings with Gianni Infantino that helped the club achieve more lenient sanction for breach of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.
According to documents obtained by Der Spiegel, Mediapart and other outlets via Football Leaks, both PSG and Manchester City breached the rules, which restrict clubs from overspending. UEFA investigated nine clubs which it believed were in breach of the FFP regulations, including PSG and Man City following the introduction of the ruling for the 2013-14 season.
Following the investigation, UEFA reached agreements with both PSG and Man City allowing them to participate in European competition. The Football Leaks documents explain how Infantino used his power as UEFA General Secretary in 2014 to put pressure on the Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) who should have proposed penalties for breach of the rules.
PSG has issued a statement refuting these allegations, writing:
“Paris Saint-Germain has always acted in full compliance with the laws and regulations enacted by sports institutions. The club has always strictly complied with all applicable laws and regulations and firmly denies the allegations published today by Mediapart. The QTA contract figure has been known to UEFA and to the general public since 2014.
“In 2014 UEFA confirmed that our contract with the Qatar Tourism Authority provided promotion and diffusion of the country. The principle of this contract is simple: today, the positive results of PSG are systematically associated with Qatar and directly benefit its image. Since the introduction of Financial fair play, Paris Saint-Germain has been one of the most audited and scrutinised clubs in history.”