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Richard Scudamore of the EPL says no and he against the introduction of any sort of restrictions. I have to agree with him.

In Australia we have a salary cap on Aussie Rules football. We have no need for foreign player restrictions as no other country plays the game. The salary cap works because the players can't pack their bags and go and play in another country so they accept it.

I believe that a number of American sports have the same type of salary cap. Again it works for the same reason.

Football is a worldwide game. Restrict salaries that can be paid by English Clubs and players will just go overseas so you will see a drain of not only foreign talent but also English talent.

Limiting the number of foreign players that can play for a club will certainly increase the number of English players playing football but will they be top class or just there to make up the numbers. Also who is going to teach them to be top class players?

Many of the top English players will be playing for European clubs so the up and coming players will have no one to learn from week after week. If they do succeed in becoming a top player they will soon leave England and go after the money.

The overall effect will be more English players playing in England but at a lower standard and potentially the England team made up of European or American based English footballers.

Worldwide restrictions wouldn't work as you would never get agreement on the issues or be able to police clubs unless a massive and impractical auditing team was set up. England needs to find another solution.

What do other Vital members think?

Written by frattonaussie.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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Date:Wednesday February 20 2008

Time: 8:28AM

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good article frattonaussie enjoyed reading it - im not trying to dodge the issue by not commenting but im alittle tied up at the moment so i'll add my thoughts a bit later on...
pompeyrug
I agree - everyone keeps coming up with ideas to restrict clubs and players, I don't think it would help at all. Like you say, the salary cap would just send them all overseas, and I can see all sorts of problems from having a quota of English players, and no real benefits.
tracyc
If we can't cap the amount of illegal immigrants drowning our wonderful country what hope do we have of imposing a cap on european emplyment law. For all the merits, it won't happen sadly. If we could then yes, every team has a max of...., non english, non british, non european, non outer space. It applies top all european teams too.
storagematt
A part of the argument being neglected is that a salary cap would, indeed, cause many players to look towards Europe for more money but, more importantly, foreign players would not be attracted to English clubs; therefore causing very few vacancies overseas. Short term not good; long term splendid. Back to real teams and club loyality with the clubs handling their finances in a real, business like manner.
007
I believe we need to differentiate between perception and fact. A couple of months ago one of the top managers was complaining that we didn’t have the appropriate youth academy infrastructure at most UK clubs and then on the same day another top manager gave the opposing view. Whoever is right, foreign players seem to be very much in fashion, but there is no controlled evidence to prove that we suffer because of this. England’s woeful performance may be down to many things, overpaid players, wag culture, tiredness or just poor management… Looking at our last couple of managers I know where I’d point the finger - I was reading about Real Madrid and how a change of manager has affected their performance since Capello left. Now on the best run in living memory. The players haven’t changed with the notable exception of Ronaldo and Beckham [both past their best] but the manager has. My point here is that we often over look the manager’s influence on all of this, and one wonders what Hughes, Redknapp etc could do with an all English/British team, the biggest issue here is that they’d need unlimited funds given for example even Carlisle’s players driver round in Aston Martins and Bentleys, and they are 2 divisions below us.. Even HR is quoted as saying he shops abroad because players are cheaper there – perhaps the answer is an import tax : ) but that smacks of protectionism and is outlawed under European law.
ChrisW
Good article Aussie - Chris & Storage have both touched on the fact that European law would probably restrict anything that the league want to do and I for one say leave well alone.. We hear all these contradictory stories but to be honest everybody have an opinion and it's slightly different from the next..... One minute (2005) we have ateam of English Hopefuls capable of winning the next two world cups (under Ericksson) then two minutes after McClown goes we have a crisis at grass roots level..... the bottom line (ignoring the youth Academy issue fr a minute) is that there are not more English men in the premiership becuse England is a small country in comparison to some others and what we produce 'sometimes' is not as good as what ther countries produce..... I'm rambling.. so I'll stop but i think I made my point ;)
Chix
About the only thing I think would be achieved by limiting foreign players would be to make the "Big Four" clubs even further ahead of everyone else because the teams with the most money would monopolize the best British players. And since we're not one of the Big Four (yet!) that wouldn't do us any favours. One of the best things about the last few years has been teams like Portsmouth and Bolton moving from relegation candidates into UEFA Cup Candidates, and that has largely been achieved by shrewd purchases and loan signings from abroad. With regard to the salary cap, it works fairly well in sports with a very limited marketplace like the American sports. I say fairly well because there have been some high profile cases of teams cheating the salary cap.As much as I'd like to think it would help to make a level playing field for the less wealthy clubs, it isn't doing the game any favours to see the best players going abroad. I do acknowledge 007's point about loyalty and values, but do we really benefit when that inevitably leads to a decline in gate numbers and even worse, in TV revenue? No big names, no big money, more clubs struggling with finances. It's really a double edged sword at best.
PhilTaglia
spot on there! add a salary cap, and players nove elsewhere. if players move elsewhere, the quakity of football goes down, so you have less english players playing at the highest level - so the england team gets worse! If you want to play with players salaries, make them performance based, where a when a player has a game like jamoes against preston, he gets **** loads, and then when he forgets to turn up, he gets bugger all. still, the problem with this, is that if you want to keep the players, it would actually have to average out them getting MORE money, of they just wouldnt bother with the system, and would move elsewhere (if they wanted money that is) - as it is easier. at the moment, salaries are based sort of on how well they play, as they only get there contract renewed if they play well - but its not something the players have to keep on worrying about - so its probably the best of a bad bunch.
pompeycarpet
no salary cap, if we had a salary cap the likes of torres and ronaldo would not be here
NK19
A salary cap will one day be introduced, of that I have no doubt - wages increase at a rate far greater than inflation and it's unsustainable. Any cap would have to be imposed by FIFA else we'll see all the players end up playing in Russia. Look on the bright side though, the wooly glove makers would have a field day : )
ChrisW
a(nother) champions league team will fll into administration, due to its masive wages (liverpool?) and that will put a scare into clubs, who will not offer such large contracts. there will come a point where salaries naturally cap themselves off, but anything done by fifa will not benefit th league AT ALL.
pompeycarpet
 

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