PSG ‘could face ban’ from taking part in Champions League

Paris-Saint Germain could face a large fine or even a ban from the Champions League following a UEFA probe triggered by the transfers of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Findings from a preliminary investigation show PSG have "overstated" how much they received from sponsorships.

The European football governing body launched an investigation following Neymar’s world record £200million move from Barcelona.

Shortly after, the Ligue 1 giants then acquired Kylian Mbappe on a loan deal, with a view to permanent move which could rise to £166m.

UEFA’s probe is looking at whether PSG broke financial fair play (FFP) rules, which is meant to keep clubs spending sensibly.


According to the Financial Times, UEFA hired sports consultancy firm Octagon to look at PSG’s sponsorship deals and determine if they are "fair value" after concern some money had been received from "related parties" close to the club’s owners.

The report adds that two people close to Octagon have revealed that the review has found PSG’s sponsorship deals to have been "significantly overstated" compared with their assessment.

"The big question, clearly, is UEFA going to be brave enough to enforce their own rules?" a source close to the investigation said. "If not for PSG, then frankly why bother?"

UEFA will apparently meet next week to discuss the review.

However, it is thought UEFA won’t make a final decision until the end of the club’s financial year in June, giving the Ligue 1 side a chance to secure new revenues.

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