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Fulham - Al Fayed Speaks Perfect Sense!

With Manchester City having lit the blue touch paper it appears only a matter of time before, despite the financial mess the world is in, football witnesses the evolving of a new world record transfer fee.

Whether it be Manchester City or Real Madrid who eventually sign the magical Brazilian, Kaka, is somewhat immaterial.

The fee paid for him, rumoured to be in the region of 110 million now that the auction has kick-started, will also be accompanied by a salary that would seem unbelievable to the masses struggling to exist from week to week and struggling to keep hold of their jobs.

The ridiculous salary Kaka is likely to be paid has prompted Mr Al Fayed, our mega-rich owner, to offer his views, views that are bound to spark a debate in the football world.

Mr Al Fayed had this to say,

'It's madness.'

'If you have one fantastic striker, what about the rest of the team, the players around him? It's gambling to do things like that."

'It's bad news for football because it's crazy. All this is still in the hands of the Premier League and the FA. They have the power not to allow things like this to happen and I hope they wake up and realise it's not acceptable."

'They can put a cap on transfer fees and salaries.'

Is he right? Should the authorities step in and amend the rules to stop this obscene expenditure?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 18 2009

Time: 4:27PM

Your Comments

City fan here, I agree, If you set a ceiling for Transfer fees and wages then the playing field is equal. It wont happen because the top four clubs, Want the league to stay as it is, they want the monopoly of being able to sign these players, but Mr Fayed gets my vote.
Buzz Lightyear
rubbish. this is business, if someone wants to invest then it's their perogative. life isnt fair, the top 4 have been gettign fat 4 years, with a salary and wage caps how are teams going to catch up to the top 4 who are already financially advanced, you would need some sort of way to re distribute wealth. it is feable or legal. stop talking rubbish.
Football needs a level playing field. Like horse or dog racing events, without handicapping the same "people" will win, day in ,day out. Football is now like a game of three card brag, those with the most money can`t lose if they keep bragging blind, knowing their rivals will run out of money. It`s time, as M.A.F. says for a wage cap.
Yeah agree if a cap was in place it would make an even playing field on wages. This wouldn't help the big four attract with wages and in my opinion could probably affect transfer fees making them soar for the best players. Which would in the long run make no difference. This could actually help City sign all the top players if it happened as they they can afford to pay huge fees and can probably pay in full rather than intalments unlike most other clubs. There would probably be loopholes as well where wages could be boosted with bonuses etc.
Hands up all those who think it's possible for El-Fayed to make 'Perfect sense'.
roy harper
I wonder if the boot was on the other foot if he'd say the same thing?
Al Billy
level playing field? nonsense. chelsea will have more power to buy a player than hull, what difference will their be. If we already have such a large inbalance wealth in the league, what difference would it do? Football is a business, whether you like it or not, they buy and sell players as commodities have caps is a limit on business and development. it's a stupid idea, it would be feasable with Eu regulations. AL-Fayed is simply jelous that he can't compete. Does he want a salary cap in the business world.
Salary capping is not new in sport. The NBA in the states introduced it in 1984, the NHL in 2005 and the NFL in the mid90's. So even in the most ruthless business country in the world it was recognised that domination of the sport by one or two clubs/teams/franchises was not a good thing. As a result the NFL especially has remained more competitive. Players no longer gravitate to the giants but naturally spread themselves among the smaller teams. Salary capping works as a total that a team can pay all their players rather than individuals being capped. That total is arrived at by a very complex formula.
The draft system in the states helps keep all teams competitive as well doesn't it? The money in the premier league is getting a bit stupid now, but is it in accordance with EU competition law for the premier league to impose salary caps? I suspect not, and all the decent players will leg it to the continent or to MLS or something! But Al-Fayed makes a lot of sense, i just don't think in practice anything can be done
Even with salary capping the wages paid in Europe or the States would still not compare to EPL potential. You make a good point about EU law donfulham, and quite frankly I'm still confused as to what might be allowable. Perhaps someone with that knowledge could enlighten us?

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