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SBD Global/January 11, 2017/International Football

Football Notes: Labour Leader Says Wenger Would Welcome National Salary Cap

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn believes Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger would "like it very much" if a future Labour government introduced a "national wage cap," which he admitted would be "somewhat higher" than his own £138,000 ($168,000) pay. Corbyn said that he was "looking into" the idea of a salary cap to address "huge levels of disparity" in the U.K. Asked whether the policy would "apply to millionaire footballers," he said, "I think the salaries paid to some footballers are simply ridiculous." When it was suggested Wenger "might not like the idea," Corbyn, an Arsenal supporter, said, "Arsène Wenger is a man who is an accountant at heart and I think he'd probably like it very much indeed" (London INDEPENDENT, 1/10).

Guinea Bissau's football team "settled a strike over unpaid wages, clearing the way" for its debut appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations. After the news emerged, "thousands lined the streets of the capital of the tiny West African country to watch the squad parade by on Tuesday." The team's build-up "was interrupted at the weekend when players went on strike over unpaid bonuses" (REUTERS, 1/10).

Members of Uganda's parliament "will donate a percentage of their January salary" to help the team at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The total amount to be collected from parliament will be $58,451. Uganda's government has given $540,716 -- "well short" of the $2M the Federation of Uganda FAs wanted (BBC, 1/10).
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