Cape Town - La Liga president Javier Tebas has hit back at suggestions
that his constant criticism of Manchester City is racially motivated.
City's chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak - responding to Tebas'
scathing claims that the club and Paris St-Germain were 'ruining football' with
the income they received from petrol and gas and should be kicked out of the
Champions League - suggested Tebas and the Spanish league were 'jealous' of
There have been suggestions Tebas' initial attack had
That was put to Tebas at a Q and A in Madrid ahead of the
Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham and his response was
"I am not at all racist, I have no issues about
ethnicity," said Tebas. "How can I be racist if two of my grandchildren
are Arab? I would be a racist against my own grandchildren!
"That just shows the ignorance and how easy it is to
say things without knowing all the details and people's background.
"You are talking about ethnicity, it's not true."
Tebas then continued his attack. City, who strenuously denies
any wrongdoing, faces a possible season-long Champions League ban if UEFA finds
them guilty of breaking Financial Fair Play regulations.
"I think there is a lot of ignorance about certain
things, firstly about how financial control works in European football and
ignorance in regards to financial doping," Tebas added.
"It's not the first time I've spoken about it. Jealous?
That is not true. Man City are pending a sanction and that is also related to