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German FA, Bayern want salary cap for ‘credible’ football

Berlin (AFP) – German FA president Fritz Keller and Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge want to propose a salary cap to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, it was revealed on Tuesday.

“There are absurd salaries and transfer fees that are no longer credible,” Keller, boss of the German Football Association (DFB), told reporters.

“We have to talk about salary caps. I am glad that I agree with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on this point.

“Therefore we will write a letter to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.”

Rummenigge touted the idea at the weekend in an interview with broadcaster Sky.

“(Former UEFA president) Michel Platini had the idea years ago to introduce a salary cap in Europe based on the American model,” Rummenigge said.

While the Frenchman allegedly had the support “of all the big clubs in Europe. However, we were told from the outset that this could not be brought into line with competition laws,” Rummenigge added.

Now Keller wants to write a combined letter to persuade Ceferin.

The restricting of wages, which are currently “partly from another world”, can only be achieved with UEFA’s help, he added.

“The end result must be a regulation that conforms to European law and also applies to Britain,” Keller said, referring to England’s big spending Premier League clubs.

The DFB boss also wants a reform of the Financial Fair Play rules.

“We must bring professional football closer to the people again,” said Keller.

“The current crisis (coronavirus pandemic) has brought to light problems in football that were previously overshadowed by ever new (transfer) records.”

News that Keller and Rummenigge are joining forces means their recent spat has been resolved.

“I spoke to him on Tuesday morning and the matter has been resolved,” said Keller.

On Sunday, Rummenigge attacked Keller because he was “irritated by his populist choice of words”.

In an interview with magazine Spiegel, Keller had complained about the “bigotry” of nouveau riche football millionaires, which Rummenigge felt was aimed at Bayern.

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  1. Vasil Pajcini

    May 19, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    It is a good idea for fair competition, but it is against the free market.

    • Monte Reed

      May 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Fair competition is on the playground when the two best players pick their teammates before each game and the poor players is the last to be picked. Professional sports is not to be fair, it is a business and teams should be able to take advantage of their market share, their players that they developed or bought, their stadium, their cash on hand.

      • Vasil Pajcini

        May 20, 2020 at 11:55 am

        What is the meaning of the two best player and not one or three of them. The competition is not fair if a team buys all the stars and win all the time that competition.

        • JP

          May 20, 2020 at 12:36 pm

          The irony of European leagues being so capitalistic while here in capitalist America our leagues are more set up as a socialist system is always amusing.
          I like the European model better, fairness/parity isn’t always overrated. If any club in any year can randomly win a title it feels a bit cheapened. Sports/leagues are their most compelling when their is a dominate team to hate/overtake.
          1980’s NBA dominated by LA and Boston. Detroit had to overcome Boston, Chicago then had to overtake Detroit, Chicago becomes the dominate team of the 1990’s. The NBA gained popularity while GS was going through their run of dominance 2015-2019.
          NFL with all their supposed parity usually has a dominate team each decade. SF in the 1980’s, Dallas 1990’s, NE 2000’s and 2010’s. In each era of course others won, but knew had to go through those teams to accomplish it.
          Baseball more interesting when everyone chasing the NY Yankees.
          We sports fans often say it’s boring when one team always wins, but I’d argue having dominance creates rivalries (NE/Indy during the 2000’s etc) that otherwise wouldn’t materialize and brings with it story lines that make sports more compelling to follow.

        • Monte Reed

          May 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

          But if they can afford to buy all the stars then it is fair.
          Now, if they can not afford all the stars and some rich oil company is paying the difference, that is not fair. So, I do support “financial fair play rules” but will not support salary caps.

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