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FC Barcelona member files complaints to block Lionel Messi move to PSG

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Messi looks almost certain to sign for PSG, but one Barca socio has made a final attempt to block the move.

An FC Barcelona member has filed complaints with a French court and with the European Union Commission with the aim of blocking any move by Lionel Messi to Paris Saint Germain soccer club, according to documents seen by Reuters on Monday.

In the complaints, shared by the fan’s lawyer Juan Branco, the Barca member claims that French football authorities have failed to enforce their own financial fair play (FFP) rules in order to help PSG become a force in European football.

Barcelona, like its main La Liga rival Real Madrid, is fully owned by its subscription-paying members known as “socios”.

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FC Barcelona member files complaints to block Lionel Messi move to PSG.

The FFP rules notably forbid top European soccer clubs to pay their playing squads an excessive share of their total revenues, according to the member’s complaints, which also state that the transfer of the 34-year-old Argentine star to PSG would breach the code.

PSG, France’s professional soccer league LFP and the EU Commission didn’t immediately reply to requests seeking comment.

FC Barcelona member files complaints to block Lionel Messi move to PSG.

Sam Boor, a senior manager in Deloitte’s sports business group, told Reuters in April that European soccer’s governing body UEFA has historically said a 70% wage-to-revenue ratio should be the upper limit for clubs to target.

But he added that a number of large clubs may go past that figure and possibly even breach 100% in the short term.

Any transfer of Messi from Barcelona to Paris would constitute a distortion of competition with other national leagues, the complaints claim and would be detrimental to FC Barcelona fans.

This distortion would affect the soccer market competition within the European Union, according to the complaint filed with the EU’s executive body, and thus constitutes unlawful state aid.

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Barcelona troubles deepen as Sergio Aguero ruled out for over two months.

Meanwhile, Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out of action for 10 weeks, the club said on Monday, deepening the Catalans’ troubles ahead of the new season following Messi’s shock departure.

Aguero, a close friend of Messi and his international team mate with Argentina, joined Barca as a free agent in June after 10 years with Manchester City.

Barca’s statement said Aguero, 33, had injured a tendon in his right calf muscle and would be out for around 10 weeks, meaning he will not make his debut until October 17 at the earliest, when they host Valencia in La Liga.

Aguero’s problem comes after a final season with Man City blighted by injuries, limiting him to only seven Premier League starts.

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman is now short of striking options for his team’s opening league game against Real Sociedad on Sunday, with Martin Braithwaite, Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay his only available forwards.


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.