Qatar Sheikh, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has allegedly started losing interest in the Ligue 1 giants PSG because media criticism is bad for his image.
According to Le Parisien, a grand decrease in funding the club is possible. Billions of Euros from Qatar have turned the club into one of the most prestigious and marketable in the world. But there is a feeling in the Middle East that “recognition is non existent”.
However, each defeat – especially continued high-profile failure in the Champions League – sees huge amounts of mocking and criticism from fans and media, something the Qatar Emir does not like very much.
The paper reports that the feeling in the state is that “Qatar rhymes with disappointment”.
Financial concerns are also feeding the owners’ doubts.
More than a billion Euros have been paid in tax to the French government since the Qataris took charge eight years ago. That tax bill is more than all of the German, Italian and Spanish top flight clubs combined.
The report claims that Sheikh Al Thani could now quit France and look for an Italian club to invest into.
Negotiations between Roma and Qatar Sports Investment, the holding company that owns PSG, are already underway.
Unnamed Championship clubs have also been identified as possible targets. However, Le Parisien states that there is no immediate threat to the Qataris pulling out of PSG.
In fact, “everything is linked to results” – meaning the club finally getting over their Champions League hump could ease any concerns the owners have.