Barcelona lawyer tries to BLOCK Lionel Messi's PSG transfer by filing complaint to European Court of Appeals over FFP

A LAW firm representing Barcelona partners has has prepared a complaint with the European Commission to try and BLOCK Lionel Messi's move to Paris-Saint Germain.

The law firm claim that PSG's Financial Fair Play situation is worse than Barca's.




Juan Branco confirmed the filing on Twitter alongside a letter.

He said: "On behalf of FC Barcelona partners, my firm has prepared a complaint with the European Commission and demands for provisional suspension before civil and administrative courts in France to prevent Paris-Saint Germain from signing Lionel Messi.

"PSG's ratios in terms of 'Financial Fair Play' are worse than those of FC Barcelona.

"In 2019-2020, PSG's salary-to-income ratio was 99%, while Barcelona's was 54%. Meanwhile, the difference has increased.

"It is inconceivable that the 'Financial Fair Play' serves to aggravate the drifts of football-business, the instrumentalization of football by sovereign powers, and the distortion of competitions."

Spanish outlet MARCA gained exclusive access to the complaint and outlined the details.

The complaint outlines financial facts, and states that due to Financial Fair Play, PSG should be ruled out of the running to sign Messi.

The complaint filed also explains why Messi could not be tied down to a new deal, even if the player took a 50 per cent wage cut.

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Barca have taken this move before any contract is officially signed.

Messi was reportedly due to be unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player at the Eiffel Tower tomorrow, with the player flying to Paris today.

But it is currently unclear whether the complaint filed with bring the deal to a grinding halt.

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