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Emirati Man City chairman hits back at Spanish football boss for 'hypocrisy'

Khaldoon Al Mubarak said that he found it "very disturbing" to compare PSG and Manchester City based on the ethnicity of their owners

Emirati Man City chairman hits back at Spanish football boss for 'hypocrisy'
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said that there was something “deeply wrong” with the comparison between City and PSG.

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has accused the head of Spain’s La Liga of ‘hypocrisy’ following his criticism of the club’s business model.

Last week, La Liga president Javier Tebas said that Manchester City are damaging European football by inflating player prices with “state-sponsored” money.

Additionally, he accused Manchester City – along with Paris St. Germain – of being run with “one off petrol-money, one off gas” money and inflating the market through high transfer spending.

In an interview with the club’s City TV, Al Mubarak said Tebas’ remarks were ‘hypocritical’ and a ‘clear attack’ on the Premier League.

“He talks about how we distorted the market? There is a hypocrisy in that statement that is ironic,” he said. “Let’s look at the Spanish league, the time of breaking records on player acquisitions. I mean, who started that?”

“Let’s go back to the world records, Figo, Zidane. These huge jumps in these transfers, where did they happen? You have to look back at the history of La Liga, a league dominated by two clubs, and Mr Tebas should look back at the history of that league and distortion that has happened throughout the ages.”

Additionally, Al Mubarak said that there was something “deeply wrong” with the comparison between City and PSG.

“This is just ugly. I think the way is he combining teams is because of ethnicity,” he said. “I find that very disturbing to be honest.”