The president of the French League (LFP, Ligue de Football Professionnel), Vincent Labron, the former leader of Marseille, wrote a letter to his La Liga counterpart, Javier Tebas – who is also the head of the European leagues – after the strong force. Criticism of this in connection with the alleged financial and competitive inequality of the French championship, in the face of the economic power of Paris Saint-Germain, which ensured the renewal of Kylian Mbappe, after the French star was referred to many times as being on his way to Real Madrid, in order to sign rouge- et-bleu.
The letter was published by many international media, including the French newspaper to liberatethe document in which Labron reacts strongly to Javier Tebas’ criticism and shoots some click Regarding the difference in the amounts that clubs from one country and another spend on transfers and the fact that no more than two or three clubs have won the Spanish League over and over again.
“We want to express our disapproval, but also our discomfort, regarding his recent attacks against Ligue 1 and one of our clubs. We are even more shocked by these attacks because he is the President of European Championships and a member of the UEFA Executive Committee. The attacks on the Ligue 1 and one of our clubs, Paris Saint-Germain Germain, and one of our players, Kylian Mbappe, are based on their own interpretation of financial unsustainability and competitive imbalance, which they repeatedly attribute to Ligue 1 and one of our clubs.”, recalled Vincent Labron.
The manager continues: “First, I would say that in terms of financial stability and sustainability, two of your clubs [da Liga espanhola]They broke many records in the last decade. In terms of transfer values, these two clubs have broken the player salary cap, as Real Madrid currently relies on two of the highest paid players in world football. In terms of debt, Barcelona is said to currently owe 1,500 million euros, although the European Court of Justice found that Real Madrid and Barcelona benefited from illegal state aid. In the past 10 years, La Liga has spent 32% more on players than in Ligue 1..”
“The fact that he took this position publicly and repeatedly against Ligue 1 with the aim of discrediting our league and one of our clubs is unacceptable and obviously wrong. Moreover, for him to do so as president of the European Championships – representing Ligue 1 – is not only insulting, but also completely inappropriate. The financial sustainability rules, which he has repeatedly complained about, are the same ones he helped put in place and were recently approved by the UEFA Executive Committee on May 10, 2022”, recalls Labron.
Secondly, in terms of competitive balance, their position lacks some consistency. In recent years, Barcelona and Real Madrid have won 7 finals in the Champions League, this in 9 consecutive years. In 18 years, only three clubs won their league, and 16 of them belonged to only two teams. During the same period, 7 different clubs won the league, while one team in Germany won the league in 10 consecutive years. The focus remains on permanent and continuous attacks on our league. On the issue of competitive imbalance, I note that he does not mention the significant tax difference and social security that French clubs are subject to heavy penalties compared to clubs in their own country. In addition, the peak of the competitive imbalance was the emergence of the European Premier League, which was founded and is still held by two of its clubs, ”added the president of the French League in a very critical tone.
Vicente Labrune leaves one last Come“Finally, the last comment would be a simple plea to start treating the players of our league, and all of European football, with a certain respect. When Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and others left their league last year, instead of acknowledging the quality of the players, they decided to comment on their ages and speak ill of the league. Now, his disrespectful smear appears to be directed at Kylian Mbappé, widely known as one of the best players in the world and someone who simply didn’t join his league by choice, despite receiving a similar offer. Unlike your league, Ligue 1 praises and promotes players, both in our league and across Europe, including those in your league.”