Three members of the European Parliament have called for an investigation into Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid over alleged state aid.
AS cites Catalan radio station RAC1 as reporting Britain’s Daniel Dalton, Sander Loones from Belgium and Spain’s Ramon Tremosa have complained to the European Commission over the Wales international’s 2013 move.
It’s alleged that as Madrid received financial help with the transfer from Bankia, and Bankia had to be rescued using state funds, the club indirectly had state help in completing the deal.
Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which it says first asked questions about Bankia’s involvement in the move, notes that Bankia were among the financial backers of the transfer.
The three are understood to be arguing that it was taxpayers’ money used to sign Bale from Tottenham Hotspur and the country shouldn’t be paying for such operations.
It would also mean Madrid received a competitive advantage not open to other clubs.