Manchester City have threatened legal action against La Liga president Javier Tebas after he criticised their transfer spending.

The Spanish supremo claimed City, and Paris St Germain, had been “peeing in the pool” over their transfer spending this summer, during an interview he gave at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.


That came two days after it was revealed that Tebas had written a letter to Uefa urging an investigation into the spending by both City and PSG – with Uefa deciding that City had no case to answer.

Further allegations made by Tebas are expected to emerge tonight, and as a result the Blues have consulted their solicitors and will be in touch with La Liga.

A statement released by City reads: “We note the public comments made by Mr. Tebas today and earlier this week.

“Uefa’s statement of the 4th of September is clear and based on accurate information.

“By contrast, Mr. Tebas’ statements are ill-informed and in parts pure fiction.

“As you would expect, Manchester City Football Club and the City Football Group are seeking appropriate legal counsel and will act accordingly on that advice.”

Tebas said: “These clubs are laughing at the system – they have been caught peeing in the swimming pool. Neymar has peed from the diving board. We can’t accept this.”

He also called for a European Union investigation, perhaps mindful of the fact that seven Spanish clubs were ordered to repay millions of euros in illegal state subsidies after an EU probe last year.