PFA react to “unlawful and unenforceable” salary cap

The PFA have hit out at the decision to implement a salary cap within Leagues One and Two.

Earlier this afternoon, League One clubs voted in a majority to implement a £2.5m salary cap as of the 2020/21 season, something which has been blasted by The Professional Footballers Association.

“We are disappointed at the outcome of today’s votes,” The PFA said in a statement issued shortly after the salary cap got voted in.

“The EFL has ignored its legal obligation to consult with the PFA and the PFNCC (Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee).

“As such, the legal advice we have received is clear that the salary cap envisaged by the EFL would be unlawful and unenforceable.

“The PFA has already served its notice of arbitration on the EFL and until such time that arbitration is determined one way or another the new regulations should have no effect.

“While we share the league’s commitment to protecting the long-term sustainability of the Leagues, the salary cap proposals voted on today have been rushed through without the proper consideration or consultation.”

As we first reported, the voting was extremely close, with 16 clubs in favour, seven against and one withholding their vote. That meant that only one vote needed to be changed from a yes to no for the cap not to have been implemented.

Portsmouth’s CEO Mark Catlin has revealed that a couple clubs changed their mind during the voting process.

“We’re very disappointed, one more vote and we would have been able to stop it,” Catlin told the Portsmouth News.

“But we have to respect the views and opinions of the majority of the clubs in League One. So we now have to move on to the next stage.

“Sixteen was the required number of votes and the number who voted for it was 16. Unfortunately, a couple of clubs changed their minds this morning which was disappointing.

“I was speaking to clubs pretty much daily and it was taking up a huge amount of time, so I knew it would be close.

“I knew one was in the middle and likely to abstain, but I spoke to one club this morning who said they were going to flip their vote.

“After speaking to the EFL at length this morning they changed their mind. That’s their decision. We have to respect the majority rule and we’re part of a democratic organisation.”

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