By Dr Dan Plumley

25th Nov, 2021 | 1:12pm

Dr Dan calls out blatant 'hypocrisy' after Perez 'swipes' at Man City

Real Madrid chief Florentino Perez is in no position to criticise state-owned clubs like Man City.

So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively about Perez’ recent “swipe” at City.

Perez reiterated his commitment at Real’s General Assembly to the Super League plot which fell apart in April, as per the Daily Mail on 20 November.

Speaking about state-owned clubs, Perez said: FFP [would be] respected and we avoid the situation where clubs receive indiscriminate support.”

City are owned by Sheikh Mansour, a pre-eminent politician and member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates.

But Plumley highlighted Real’s own links to Spanish royalty and claimed Perez’s comments “smacked of hypocrisy”.

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“It’s a swipe at Man City and PSG,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“But Real Madrid have had some very favourable things happen to them throughout their history.

“It’s alright Perez coming out and having a pop but they have been fairly privileged themselves. It smacks of hypocrisy.

“The ownership structure is important here because Real are a member-based organisation so they can’t technically have a model like Man City.

“That is the power play and the dynamic between the clubs.

“Financial controls would be a major negotiating ploy in any discussion over what a super league might look like.

“If they do have their own financial regulations, that is going to be tricky for some of the biggest clubs in the world.

“The likes of City, who have some of the biggest resources in the world, would have to regulate themselves financially.

“It would be interesting to see how that one plays out if we ever get to that stage.”

City, who are currently 2nd in the Premier League, were one of the first teams to pull out of the Super League in April.

They controversially dodged Uefa sanctions for contravening laws surrounding financial fair play 11 months earlier.

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