A lot of Manchester City supporters have been reacting on social media after La Liga president Javier Tebas responded to Pep Guardiola’s criticism of his running of the Spanish top flight.
Tebas is a staunch critic of how City are run, and was a big supporter of UEFA’s decision to fine them for ‘serious breaches’ of Financial Fair Play rules and ban them from the Champions League.
The Manchester City boss has accused Tebas of meddling in the affairs of others club as his own business, the Spanish top-flight, was assumed to be struggling.
Guardiola, with his typical sarcastic and passive aggressive tone, tore into the chief of the Spanish top-flight for how he was conducting his own business and giving advice to others.
Pep was insistent that Man City’s funding was legitimate and questioned why football was the only business that would not welcome investment.
Guardiola said: “There is better management in the Premier [League], which is seen in Asia, from which Mr. Tebas could learn.
“Perhaps he could sell the product better in other countries. People complain but thanks to these investments, people from other clubs in other countries can continue to do things.
“Perhaps it is the only business in which people who want to invest are frowned upon. I don’t understand it because this affects other clubs around the world.
“There is United, City, Chelsea or Liverpool, economically strong clubs with owners who want to invest – many of them – like ours, who do not want any profit but to reinvest so that the club can continue to grow for the fans. What problem is there?
“Then there are always UEFA controls, like financial fair play. If the product is better sold and more is paid for television rights, Mr. Tebas, who knows more about everything than anyone else and is wiser than anyone and puts himself in the house of others, then let him learn.
“Perhaps like this, Barca, Madrid, Atletico or Valencia will have more resources to make the investments they should make, and if we make a mistake, they will penalise us and we will not be able to play. But as it is not the case, each one does what they want.”
Now, Tebas has hit back at Guardiola’s comments by once again criticising his understanding of how football was funded and the long-term negative impacts.
He took to Twitter to offer his retort, once again describing City as a ‘state club’ who inflate wages.
“Pep, I learn from the Premier League every day. It would be good if they teach you a little about football macroeconomics, about the impacts of state clubs on wage inflation, demographics, the impact of pay TV, China…and of the acquittal in CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports) we will have news,” he said.
These Javier Tebas’ comment has prompt Plenty of Sky Blues to react on social media.
Wage…? Should see some of the wages La liga is offering.— 🏆Champions of England🏆 (@PabloZaba) July 5, 2021
talking about wage inflations when barca are in la liga. DFKM— Omar (@1T3CHI) July 5, 2021
I don’t think even Javier knows any of that himself anyone who thinks the independent sports authority can be bought out has a screw loose— Remy (@Remysenpaii) July 6, 2021
“wage inflation” we have a 100x better and more reasonable wage structure than these other big clubs FOH— 🏆🏆citizen comrade🏆🏆 (@mcfcdeezy) July 5, 2021
Impact of state clubs on wage inflation when they’ve literally been funded by the Spanish government and have the highest paid sportsman on the planet 😭😭😭— KDBallondor (@KDBallondor) July 5, 2021
Never talk about state club on wage inflation. Barca and madrid are the highest spending football on wages. No pl club get nearer to them including city. City highest wages is kdb for around 380k per week compare to barca give griezmann for 500k per week— sentosabahari (@sentosabahari8) July 5, 2021
Real Madrid and Barcelona have been THE KINGS of wage inflation. Don’t look at little City. City is well managed. He should look in the mirror, and ask himself why he’s such a failure.— Ngozulu 📿 🇩🇴 (@ngozulumatondo) July 5, 2021