Rugby English Football League clubs consider fixed salary caps following collapse of Bury

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Rugby Fans gather outside Gigg Lane Stadium the home of Bury Football Club who have been expelled from the English Football League (EFL) on August 28, 2019 in Bury, England. After an historic membership of 125 years the EFL have expelled Bury FC after a buyer for the club was not secured.
The demise of Bury and plight of several other clubs in all three EFL divisions had already provoked calls for a competition-wide salary cap

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English Football League clubs have discussed introducing fixed salary caps on the back of the unprecedented penalty imposed on Saracens for breaching Premiership Rugby’s wage limit.

Rick Parry, the new EFL chairman, said last month’s decision to dock 35 points from rugby’s English and European champions – and fine them £5.4 million – had been closely monitored by sides who previously doubted the enforceability of such sanctions.

The demise of Bury and plight of several other clubs in all three EFL divisions had already provoked calls for a competition-wide salary cap and the governing body revealed yesterday it had set up a working group of Championship clubs to review the financial rules to which they are currently subject.

The existing Championship regulations govern overall losses rather than expenditure, unlike those for League One and League Two, which ban sides from spending more than a certain percentage of their turnover on wages.

Asked about a competition-wide salary cap, Parry said: “Saracens’ decision says, ‘Well it must be lawful because it is something they have enforced’. We always felt it was something that couldn’t be explored. Is it someth

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