PSG ‘vehemently deny’ plan to sell Mbappe, Neymar over threat of FFP
PARIS, Dec 8, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – French champions Paris Saint-Germain have
quashed reports the club could be forced to sell either Kylian Mbappe or
Neymar in a bid to circumvent eventual Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.
Qatar-owned PSG are one of a number of clubs under scrutiny from UEFA’s
FFP regulations after splashing a combined total of more than 400 million
euros in 2017 for Brazil star Neymar and World Cup winner Mbappe.
Rival clubs and even the president of Spain’s La Liga championship, Javier
Tebas, bemoan the lack of sanctions for PSG, who according to recent leaked
documents have violated the strict financial regulations put in place by
European football’s ruling body.
UEFA still have their eye on PSG and their finances and daily sports
newspaper L’Equipe claimed late on Friday that any future sanctions could see
the club sell one of their most coveted stars.
But PSG were quick to shoot down the report.
“In an article published on their website on Friday night, L’Equipe dared
to say that ‘PSG is ready to lose Kylian Mbappe or Neymar Jr to avoid (FFP)
sanctions’,” said a statement issued by the club.
PSG “vehemently denies these totally false and ridiculous allegations,
which serve only to recreate a climate of tension between the club and this
The front page of L’Equipe on Saturday carried pictures of both Mbappe,
the 19-year-old who struck in a 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia last
summer, and Brazil star Neymar while page two claimed the club are “ready to
lose a star”.
UEFA’s FFP rules mean clubs are forbidden from spending more money than
UEFA’s auditors opened an investigation into PSG in September 2017
following the purchase of Neymar from Barcelona and Mbappe from Monaco
earlier that summer.
The case was shelved in June 2018, before being reopened in September
2018. PSG reacted by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),
claiming it has met UEFA’s FFP demands.
A UEFA spokesman said last month: “We will have to wait for CAS’s decision
on PSG’s appeal before looking at this issue.”