PSG sanctioned by UEFA over FFP breach after record Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe wages.
After UEFA ruled that French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille had broken the organization’s Financial Fair Play rules, both clubs are likely to receive fines.
Due to violations of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations laid forth by UEFA, Ligue 1 teams Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille are expected to pay fines.
It follows the striker’s decision to extend his deal with the Ligue 1 winners by three years earlier this year, keeping him in the French capital through 2025.
Less than a year earlier, the French club had rejected a transfer bid from Real Madrid that would have set a new transfer record for the striker, making the Frenchman the highest-paid player in the history of sport.
In addition to his bonus of £153 million (€180 million) for staying at the Parc des Princes, where he now also has full ownership over his image rights, Mbappe is now making £42.5 million (€50 million) annually.
His PSG teammate Lionel Messi had the title of highest-paid athlete in the world until signing that new contract. During his first year in Paris, the Argentine earned a salary of £25.5 million (€30 million), but for the second and final year of his two-year contract in Paris, he received a salary of £34 million (€40 million).
According to some estimates, Messi has earned more than €1,000 million in his career than any other player.
L’Equipe has now reported that PSG has been warned by UEFA that they have violated the FFP quota and are now likely to incur a sanction as a result of their spiraling pay expenditure. They will now face financial punishment together with Marseille.
The sanctions are anticipated to get worse for the Ligue 1 pair if they don’t follow the regulations and get better over the next three years, including a possible ban from UEFA competition like the Champions League. Both clubs have the option to appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
According to reports, PSG believes the report’s conclusions are unjust and has asserted that the Mediapro broadcasting rights fiasco has negatively impacted their financial standing. They also emphasized how top-tier French clubs pay more in taxes than their counterparts in other top leagues.
Renato Sanches and Vitinha, both international midfielders for Portugal, were acquired by the Parisian club this summer from Lille and Porto, respectively. Along with defender Nordi Mukiele from RB Leipzig and forward Hugo Ekitike from Reims, Nuno Mendes’s loan from Sporting CP has been made permanent.