A Spanish lawyer has filed a complaint with the European Commission against Lionel Messi’s impending move to Paris Saint-Germain. This is reported by the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.
According to the report, lawyer Dr. Juan Branco has filed a complaint with the Court of Appeal of Paris in order to still stop the transfer of the Barca icon to PSG. The lawyer is representing the interests of the members of FC Barcelona, according to the report.
Dr. Branco argues that PSG is in an even worse position than Barcelona in terms of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, so Messi’s transfer to the French capital should not be approved. The complaint, which Marca quotes from, says: “PSG’s revenue-expenditure ratio is significantly worse than that of FC Barcelona in terms of Financial Fair Play. In the 2019/20 season, the Parisians’ salary-to-income ratio was 99 percent, while Barca’s was 54 percent.”
Further, Dr. Branco wrote: “In the 2019/20 season, PSG did not respect the two economic ratios required by the DNCG (the French equivalent of UEFA’s FFP, ed.).”
In addition, the letter refers to the transfers already confirmed by the Parisians: Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan (60 million euros) and the transfer free signings of Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) and Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool FC).
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However, the chances of success of this complaint do not seem to be very good, especially since it is not the European Commission that is responsible for compliance with the FFP, but UEFA itself.