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Paris Saint-Germain challenges UEFA in court

AP  |  Geneva 

Paris Saint-Germain has challenged in court after a reopened its investigation into the French champion, and can assess deals for superstar forwards and Kylian Mbappe.

The said on Monday the appeal case is confidential at the request of and and gave no further details.

Qatar-owned has long been a target of rules designed to curb so-called financial doping by wealthy backers of clubs which qualify for the or

The Financial Fair Play program requires clubs to approach break-even on soccer-related business, such as trading and wages, and also assesses the fair market value of sponsorship deals.

forfeited 20 million euros (USD 22.8 million) of prize money in a 2014 settlement. Then, Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City got the same deal from UEFA in signature cases from the first round of FFP sanctions.

Details of tough 2014 negotiations between both clubs and UEFA's then-leaders were revealed at the weekend by European media. Published emails included legal threats by the clubs trying to prevent possible bans from the worth tens of millions of euros per season.

In April 2017, UEFA released PSG and Man City from their settlement deals for complying with three years of stricter monitoring.

PSG then spent heavily in that offseason, breaking soccer's record to buy from for 222 million euros (USD 253 million). A loan deal was agreed with for Mbappe that became a 180 million euros (USD 205 million) purchase this year.

UEFA opened an investigation soon after the Mbappe loan, and warned PSG in June this year to raise cash quickly from sales to balance its 2017-18 accounts. UEFA also said some sponsor deals, including from Qatar, were overvalued.

Still, investigators for UEFA's closed their scrutiny of PSG's accounts for the year through June 2017 before the signing.

The UEFA panel's judging chamber reviewed the decision and in September sent the case back for a "deeper investigation." It is that move which PSG is challenging at CAS.

The court's judges must first decide if it is admissible to appeal a procedural step rather than a final ruling.

Joining PSG in a similar situation, Galatasaray was also placed under further investigation by the UEFA panel last month. It is unclear if the Turkish club has appealed to CAS.

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 12:00 IST