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PSG forced to sell eight players to avoid Champions League expulsion


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Paris Saint-Germains Neymar warms up before the match    REUTERS/Benoit TessierCODE: X02011
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After PSG's big summer acquisitions, Spanish daily El Pais report that UEFA threatened the Ligue 1 club with expulsion from the 2018/19 Champions League if the Parisian outfit failed to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations. The warning came after UEFA were pressurized to act following complaints from clubs with the prestige and power such as Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Jr (L) cheers with Kylian Mbappe after a goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, 17 September 2017. (Francia)
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Paris Saint Germain striker Neymar Jr (L) cheers with Kylian Mbappe after a goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Olympique Lyonnais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, 17 September 2017. (Francia)IAN LANGSDONEFE

PSG obliged to act

Following the pressure from UEFA, club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi was forced to react and immediately contacted the agents of eight players who were deemed as transferable by the French side which caused obvious tension amongst Unai Emery's squad. PSG general manager Jean-Claude Blanc moved quickly and withing 48 hours Di María, Javier Pastore, Blaise Matuidi, Lucas Moura, Julian Draxler, Hatem Ben Arfa, Serge Aurier and Thiago Silva were on the transfer market with just two actually exiting the Parisian side (Aurier moving to Tottenham for 25 million euro and Matuidi to Juventus for 20 million).

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 16, 2017 Tottenham's Serge Aurier in action
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Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Swansea City - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - September 16, 2017 Tottenham's Serge Aurier in actionEDDIE KEOGHREUTERS

El País relay how the players felt offended by the decision by the PSG owner who was prepared to cause a degree of last minute upheaval at the club in an order to ensure that the Neymar deal was concluded with no fall-out from a potential UEFA Champions League expulsion.

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