La Liga president Javier Tebas welcomes Man City European ban: “Better late than never.”

La Liga president Javier Tebas has welcomed a two-year ban from European football for English champions Manchester City.

The club have received a two-year ban from playing in the Champions League or Europa League following a lengthy investigation from UEFA.

The Spanish league chief has accused City of ‘financial doping’ in recent years in order to achieve their success – back-to-back Premier League titles and they won all four domestic trophies in England last season.

The outspoken Tebas has been a long-term critic of both City and French champions Paris Saint-Germain – the clubs are owned by individuals with power in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar respectively.

He is a firm believer that these business models are damaging for football generally and also for clubs in Spain’s top flight.

“UEFA is finally taking decisive action,” Tebas said on his Twitter account.

“Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football.

“We have been calling for severe action against Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain for years.

“Better late than never.”

Tebas usually courts controversy and is rarely withdrawn in his comments – he is behind the league’s attempts to play a fixture in the United States and has had a long-running feud with the Spanish FA over that issue and several other matters, including fixture scheduling.

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