Premier League chief wary of salary caps

November 28, 2006

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has spoken out against Minister for Sport Richard Caborn's backing for salary caps and a role for UEFA in legislating domestic competition.

European ministers are discussing a White Paper for sport in Brussels on Tuesday, with Caborn a key mover in attempts to reform the way football is governed and make it more 'inclusive, transparent and accountable'.

However, Scudamore insists domestic football should be run from this country without EU and UEFA interference.

He wrote in The Times: 'Ask any fan who their main rivals are or which match they care most about, and the answer is local.

'The structure of our club football, including FA and League cups and right down through the Football League and the Conference, is the envy of European football - and no other country gets close to replicating it in terms of strength and depth or passion and participation.

'It is domestic club football that is the driving force behind European competition and not the other way round.'

On the proposal that salary levels should be linked to turnover, Scudamore added: '(This) actually locks in an advantage to the big clubs, because they have the highest turnover. It would also mean that the likes of Wigan, Fulham and Middlesbrough would probably not be in the Premier League. Is this what we really want?

'The Premier League has huge respect for Richard Caborn and the job he does, but there is no need for a pseudo-European Sports Minister pushing an agenda that runs counter to continued success for the Premier League.'