Salary Caps voted by EPL Divisions One and Two
Salay Caps voted in
Salary Caps voted in by EFL Divisions One and Two
Clubs in EFL League One and League Two have today voted for the introduction of new financial controls in the form of ‘Squad Salary Caps’ which take effect immediately to the dismay of the PFA who say they were not consulted.
The decision follows extensive and comprehensive consultation with all clubs in respect of addressing sustainability and wage inflation issues across the EFL which were initiated prior to the suspension of football in March following the COVID-19 outbreak and have continued during the course of the summer.
The discussions culminated in today’s divisional vote, with representatives of League One and League Two clubs opting to implement the new measures in place of the existing Salary Cost Management Protocols (SCMP), with fixed caps of £2.5m and £1.5m respectively.
Championship clubs are still in discussions in respect to amendments to their own financial controls.
League One and Two Clubs are also going to continue discussions towards the introduction of additional measures aimed at addressing Club financial sustainability.
When calculating total salary spending, the ‘cap’ includes:
Basic Wages, Taxes, Bonuses, Image rights, Agents fees and, other fees and expenses paid directly or indirectly to all registered players.
Payments linked to a club’s progression in cup competitions or promotion are excluded from the Cap, while any income generated from players going out on loan is deducted from the club’s Salary Cap calculation.
Transition arrangements have been incorporated in respect of a club’s squad salary cap calculation with the key element of these aimed at addressing committed contracts and relegated clubs. Any contract entered on or prior to today’s vote will be capped at an agreed divisional average until that contract expires.
Moving forwards, clubs that are relegated will be permitted to cap all contracts at the divisional average prior to the club’s relegation until those contracts expire.
An ‘overrun’ concept is also included if a club’s total squad salary payments exceed the Cap by up to 5%, whereby dependent on the percentage level of the overrun, a financial penalty would be payable for every £1 in excess.
Clubs exceeding the ‘overrun’ would be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission, although the EFL will monitor the Cap on a real-time basis throughout the season as is the current position with SCMP measures across the two divisions. Where breaches do occur, sanction guidelines are in place to be considered as appropriate by an independent Disciplinary Commission.
EFL CEO, David Baldwin, said: “The term ‘salary cap’ is an emotive one, creating the impression of a restrictive measure but we are clear in our view that this is neither the objective nor the likely effect of these changes to EFL Regulations. The financial impact of Covid-19 will be profound for EFL Clubs and today’s vote will help ensure clubs cannot extend themselves to the point that could cause financial instability.
“Over the last two weeks the discussions amongst clubs in both Leagues One and Two have been healthy and constructive, allowing us to reach a clear consensus today and I am pleased that the clubs have determined to adopt the new approach.
We will now work with all clubs, the PFA and, where appropriate, other stakeholders to implement the new rules and continue our efforts to bring long-term sustainability to the EFL.”
PFA threatened to take out injunction to prevent ‘unlawful’ salary cap voted for by League One and Two clubs and now plan to take the matter to independent panel.
The PFA threatened to take out an injunction to prevent last week’s salary cap vote for League One and Two clubs taking place
Such is the union’s determination to stop moves to limit their members’ wages that at the start of last week they were seeking to block the ballot, only backing down after talks with the EFL board on Tuesday.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor claims the EFL have acted unlawfully by failing to consult with the union, but the clubs contend that discussions have been taking place since April, when the full impact of the sporting shutdown first became apparent.
The EFL has ignored its legal obligation to consult with the PFA and the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee,’ the PFA said in a statement.
‘As such, the legal advice we have received is clear that the salary cap envisaged by the EFL would be unlawful and unenforceable.
‘Until such time that arbitration is determined one way or another, the new regulations should have no effect.’
Source: EFL, PFA & UK Media