The Professional Footballers’ Association has warned players the EFL’s plans to put in place a salary cap may be ‘unlawful’.
The Mirror say they have seen a two-page document sent out by the PFA to players about proposals that would see wages drop significantly in Leagues One and Two in the long-term.
EFL bosses are said to want to bring in a salary cap of £2.5m per season for League One – meaning an average salary of £2,400-a-week – and £1.25m for League Two as they look to make changes on the back of the financial crisis caused by coronavirus.
It’s also being reported the EFL want to implement a salary cap at Championship level, but with a much greater total of between £15m to £20m per season.
However, there is only so much the EFL can hope to do with leagues bosses knowing they have no power over existing contracts.
The EFL are hoping to bring in the measures in time for the 2020/21 season.
But, the PFA are standing firm on the issue, warning League bosses they must first consult with players, and informing the players themselves that their clubs are not allowed to reduce salaries without permission.
In the document obtained by the Mirror, the PFA tell its players: “The PFA has made it clear to the EFL that matters relating to the employment of players, which includes matters of pay, must be considered before the Professional Football Negotiating and Consultative Committee (the “PFNCC”).
“The PFA is a member of the PFNCC, so would have an opportunity to scrutinise any plans and represent the best interests of players.
“It would be unlawful for the EFL and its clubs to vote on this issue and change the EFL Regulations without first consulting the PFNCC, which is the appropriate forum for matters relating to player contracts.
“If your contract extends beyond this season, your terms and conditions of employment will remain the same. Your club cannot change your salary without your consent, as has been the case with furlough and deferral arrangements.
“A potential club might tell you that you have to accept a lower salary because the salary cap is being introduced from next season.
“However, until such time that a salary cap is agreed by the members of the PFNCC, you are not obliged to agree to a reduced salary in line with the proposed salary cap.
“We do however envisage clubs looking to pay less for player salaries post-COVID-19.”