Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Mubarak has responded angrily to Javier Tebas after the La Liga president accused the club of distorting the transfer market and of damaging the European game due to with their ‘petrol and gas money’.
Last week, Tebas claimed City and Paris Saint-Germain are ‘playthings of a state’ who should be kicked out of European competition for violating Financial Fair Play rules, which both clubs deny. City are owned by Shiekh Mansour, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, and PSG by Qatar Sports Investment, which is linked to the country’s government by Nasser bin Ghanim al-Khelaifi, who is minister without portfolio and president of the French club. The government is headed by Emir of Qatar.
Mubarak claimed that Tebas had used ethnicity as a slur against City – and PSG – though it is unclear when the Spaniard did this – and added that jealousy among rivals is driving them to try to smear the club, who have just completed a historic domestic treble.
Rivals are jealous of Manchester City, says chairman Khaldoon Mubarak