PARIS (France) – Trouble ahead for Paris Saint Germain. UEFA is reportedly examining relations between the club and the country on the Arabian Peninsula. The transfers of Verratti, Abdou Diallo and Draxler are in the sights which brought over 80 million euros into the coffers of the Parisian club. UEFA investigators are investigating the closeness between PSG and the clubs who have acquired the players’ cards and the related right to their sporting performances. If UEFA proves that the sales contracts were signed between two related parties, one would be confirmed violation of Financial Fair Play.
Paris Saint Germain pushes the shadows away
PSG clarified to the Equipe that the three transfers of Verratti, Diallo and Draxler, were carried out in the name of legality and transparency. Furthermore, after the sale of the Italian midfielder to Al Arabi, a higher offer would have arrived from Saudi Arabia. At this point the Financial Fair Play experts will analyze whether the transactions have any link between the investment funds of the clubs involved. Qatar Sports Investments, a Qatari investment fund, currently owns 100% of PSG.
The precedent of sponsorships
In the past, UEFA has blocked sponsorship contracts signed with Qatari companies (BeIN Sport, Qatar Tourism, Aspetar…) believing that both parties were clearly related. On the transfer front, the ruling would lead to the freezing of 80 million euros for the transfers of Diallo, Draxler and Verratti. Meanwhile, PSG denies any hypothesis of correlation, believing that the market transactions are correct.