PFA blasts wage cap vote that impacts on Portsmouth - says it's 'unlawful'

The Professional Footballers’ Association have blasted the EFL’s decision to introduce a salary cap on its members.

By Mark McMahon
Friday, 7th August 2020, 5:44 pm
Updated Friday, 7th August 2020, 5:47 pm
The EFL won the vote to introduce a wage cap
The EFL won the vote to introduce a wage cap

The players’ union, after seeking legal advice, have said that the wage ceiling clubs voted for today was ‘unlawful’.

It claims that the league failed in its legal obligation to consult with the PFA and the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee.

And with the body serving a Notice of Arbitration on the EFL, it stated that ‘until that arbitration is determined one way or another the new regulations should have no effect’.

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A statement released by the PFA said: ‘We are disappointed at the outcome of today’s votes.

‘The EFL has ignored its legal obligation to consult with the PFA and the PFNCC.

‘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.’

Today’s vote saw 16 of League One’s 24 clubs vote in favour of a £2.5m salary cap.

Pompey were one of seven clubs who voted against it.

League One clubs agreed to a £1.5m cap on wages per season.

The Blues have confirmed that they have sought legal advice over the wage cap after it was narrowly voted through by EFL members.