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SBD Global/May 8, 2014/International Football
Russian Duma Prepares Legislation To Require Salary Cap In Premier League
Published May 8, 2014
ALL ABOUT EXECUTION: Experts say that the idea of introducing a salary cap could have a positive impact on the finances of the Russian league, if handled properly. Professional Union of Footballers & Coaches President Vladimir Leonchenko told SBD Global, "The main issue is that players' salaries are currently guaranteed only by sponsor contracts or regional budgets, but not by the club's revenues. As a result, there is a risk that salaries won't be paid, and we've recently seen cases of that kind in the lower tiers of the Russian league." He continued, "As for a salary cap, it should apply to what a club can spend on all players' salaries rather than to individual players' salaries. A club needs to be able to differentiate players' salaries based on their performance. Just setting up a salary cap as they proposed in the National Football League, isn't going to work. In any case, the constant increases of the clubs' budgets need to be restricted."
Vladimir Kozlov is a writer in Moscow.