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 the EFL’s salary cap vote
- They wanted to block the ballot, but backed down after talks with the EFL board
- League One and Two clubs voted on Friday to introduce caps for their squads
- The regulations will come into effect next season but only apply to new deals
The PFA threatened to take out an injunction to prevent last week’s salary cap vote for League One and Two clubs taking place, Sportsmail can reveal.
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.
The League One and Two clubs voted on Friday to introduce caps for their squads’ annual salaries of £2.5million and £1.5m respectively — to the horror of the PFA.
The PFA, whose chief executive is Gordon Taylor, threatened to take out an injunction
The regulations will come into effect for the start of next season, but will only apply to new contracts, with existing deals to be accounted for as the mean weekly wage within the cap, which works out as £1,700 per player per week in League One and £1,000 in League Two.
The PFA have not given up hope of blocking the historic change despite dropping their threat to seek an injunction, and are now planning to take the matter to an independent arbitration panel.
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.
Clubs in League One and Two have voted in favour of squad salary caps, the EFL announced
‘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.’
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