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Tebas urges Serie A & Ligue 1 to copy La Liga's sustainable rules

Sat 09 October 2021 | 16:22

La Liga has made it difficult for clubs to spend money to strengthen their teams by imposing strict rules.

La Liga president Javier Tebas has called on other European leagues to enact more consistent rules and has denied any wrongdoing over the departure of Lionel Messi from

Barcelona

to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona were unable to extend Lionel Messi's contract last summer due to spending restrictions, and the Argentine star moved to the French league to join Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona's salary cap has been reduced to €97 million this season due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has prevented Messi from extending his contract. Tebas now called on other leagues to enact similar laws to La Liga that prevented Messi from renewing his contract.

Tebas said:

"Is the transfer of Messi to PSG my fault? Obviously not. We need sustainability in football. It is a special sector, football is passion and belonging, but in recent years it has become a business.

"Serie A has been at a loss for 20 years, what matters is the total balance. This also happens in France, not in Germany and not from us.

"What did we have to do to be sustainable? The competition must be regulated by some rules; otherwise, teams like PSG will arrive and invest €400m in a single summer. They have very high salaries; this leads to inflation.

"It is not our fault that Messi has not renewed his contract; we have a salary cap in LaLiga, a rule approved by all the teams, and this is what makes LaLiga sustainable. If there were such controls also in Italy and France, there would be no more losses.

"The economic solidity of the other leagues is also fundamental for Spain: if there are no strong leagues, the risk of the Super League is always high.

"I have said it many times to [Juventus chief] Andrea Agnelli: 'Do you want to go to the Super League where Real Madrid and Barcelona will earn more and more than you?'"

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