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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak hits back at claims by LaLiga president that Citizens are damaging European football

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has launched a furious defence of the club’s spending and accused LaLiga president Javier Tebas of ‘hypocrisy’.

Tebas, said last week that City were damaging European football by driving up player prices with their ‘state sponsored’ cash reserves.

Tebas has been very vocal in his criticism of Manchester City’s spending

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Tebas has been very vocal in his criticism of Manchester City’s spending

He went onto say that City, along with French giants Paris Saint-Germain of being ‘run off petrol-money, one off gas’.

However, Al-Mubarak responded to Tebas’ accusations, telling CityTV: “He talks about how we distorted the market? There is a hypocrisy in this statement that is ironic.

“Number one, 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.

Al-Mubarak hit back at the LaLiga president’s comments

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Al-Mubarak hit back at the LaLiga president’s comments

“And then you look back at transfers. In the top 10 transfers of all time, Manchester City has not a single player in that, not a single one.”

The Citizens are at risk of a Champions League ban after an investigation into an alleged £60million deception.

Yves Leterme, the chief investigator of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body claimed City faced ‘the heaviest punishment’ if the allegations against them were proven.

The body’s adjudicatory chamber is currently considering its sentence for the club.

City have claimed they’re confident any sanctions will be overturned and Al-Mubarak believes the club will prevail ‘quite comfortably’, provided the process is ‘judged on facts’.

He added: “Am I uncomfortable? No. I respect regulatory bodies doing their job and any regulatory process that asks questions. We have to professionally respond which is what we have done.

City could be banned from the Champions League for a season if found guilty

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City could be banned from the Champions League for a season if found guilty

“We are dealing with each of these entities as per the process, we have clear answers. I believe, quite comfortably, if the process is going to be judged on facts then unquestionably we will prevail.

“If it’s not about facts and it’s about other things, then it is a different conversation.”

On Tebas’ comparisons between City and PSG, Al-Mubarak said: “I think there’s something deeply wrong in bringing ethnicity into the conversation.

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

“Let’s not forget this is the best league in the world and if you look at this season, there is no better testament to this statement where the two European competitions, the Champions League and Europa League, the finals are being competed by English clubs.

“You have four Premier League teams in the two European finals and that’s a fact and that bothers a lot of people in many places.

“We have the best league in the world, we have the most commercial league in the world, the most successful clubs in the world, economically, commercially in terms of global presence, and that is why this attack is not just on Manchester City, it is against this league.

“And I hope people start seeing that and start — I know people don’t want to defend Manchester City — but for God’s sake start defending this league.

“I will not accept for this club to be used as a diversionary tactic on poor investment decisions from other clubs.

“People make decisions, they’ve got to live by them. We’ve managed ourselves well and we will be judged by facts and facts alone.”

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