Millwall chairman Berylson reiterates plea for salary cap

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

MILLWALL chief John Berylson believes the only way to create a level financial playing field in football is by introducing a salary cap.

The Lions chairman, speaking in the first issue of Rabona magazine, states that Financial Fair Play (FFP), a rule brought in by UEFA to punish clubs for making excessive losses, does not go far enough.

And he suggests the English game should follow in the footsteps of American sports in order to counter players' rising wages.



"American owners have been screaming about salary caps, and Financial Fair Play is in place mainly because Americans have made a point about it," Berylson said.

"But it's not enough, FFP is not the answer. To save this game, there has to be a salary cap – they have to do a lot of the things American sports have done.

"Not only the NFL but the NHL have got these rules in place. The result? Players play for pride, not for money. It creates a much healthier environment.



"FFP is a step in the right direction, but it hurts some teams who don't get the crowds to compete. A salary cap is the only way to do this, they've been dancing around it for too long.

"There are models of how to do this and FFP is not a fair model.

"Last summer we saw more money leave the UK than come in during the transfer window and that will probably continue.

"If it continues to go completely out of control many of the American owners that have brought so much stability to so many English clubs will lose interest, myself included."

Berylson added: "The quality of overseas investment, on the whole, is not great for English football. But in many cases the American owner is a higher quality one. Americans tend to bring stability and a high quality of ownership."

Read the full interview with John Berylson in Issue 1 of Rabona Magazine, available for £5 from rabonamag.com/buy/magazine.

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25 thoughts on “Millwall chairman Berylson reiterates plea for salary cap

  • November 27, 2013 at 12:00
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    English players playing for pride your leaving in a dream world. Those days are long gone.

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    • November 27, 2013 at 12:11
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      @block 28:
      Agree. I can't imagine players from the past saying they're not available for England which has actually happened recently. The Olympics being an example of that. They jet off for their summer holidays or cite medical problems. What a crock.
      Salary cap is long overdue. Some of these players earn more in a week than some people earn in years. It's a disgrace. I could understand it to a degree if they were top-end surgeons saving lives but all they do, in the main, is take the money and move on to the club that pays the highest wages and there are examples of that in recent history at Millwall.

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  • November 27, 2013 at 12:05
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    I'm guessing we have a rather large wage bill by what JB is saying, which cannot survive on the 9000 that were there on Saturday against Barnsley.

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    • November 27, 2013 at 12:19
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      @dpendet: your so right, another way to look at it is if young fred who we have just signed really kicks on and develops into the talent we know he can,a big club will buy him cheaply because we wont be able to afford the wages and the transfer fee will be spent on clearing debts,If morrisons wage is 10,000 a week as some people say that is scandalous.I make JB right in all he said.

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      • November 27, 2013 at 15:30
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        @jim1222: I agree with you!

        Hoorray!

        But what about the 220k we paid to agents as well - can't that be capped-
        They should be paid by the player they represent, not the football clubs they steal from.

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  • November 27, 2013 at 12:08
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    Salary Cap is a good idea, but will never happen while Blatter and Platini are at the helm on both FIFA and Uefa.

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    • November 27, 2013 at 12:47
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      @Obrien91: just Blatter, that c*** has no idea about football and just thinks of money.

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      • November 28, 2013 at 09:33
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        @footballfan: Qatar getting the world cup was a prime example of how corrupt FIFA has become.

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  • November 27, 2013 at 13:15
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    There should also be a 'cap' on the price of food and beverages down the Den. Ridiculously expensive!

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    • November 27, 2013 at 14:18
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      Said this before, just stop buying it. They'll get the message trust me.

      @Syd the Lion:

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    • November 27, 2013 at 16:22
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      @Syd the Lion: @Syd the Lion:
      Queued for 20 minunutes for my half time cuppa last week and was nowhere near the front after half time ! so walked away - money saved!

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  • November 27, 2013 at 14:21
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    A salary cap along the line of the NFL would be a step in the right direction, but there's lots of other negative influences on modern English football that need tackling too. The money generated by the Premier and Champions Leagues (from TV companies) has led to parasites such as agents wielding huge power, whilst the new wealth/prestige seems to attract endless foriegn ownership & oversees players.

    English football 20 years ago probablty needed a good kick up the a***, but the changes have gone way too far. All we seem to have done is create a foriegn circus hosted on English soil, whilst genuine English football disappears.

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  • November 27, 2013 at 15:29
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    Most premiership players earn more in 2 months than some people will earn in a LIFETIME - of course it needs capping - i hope Jean Marc Bosman is comfortable!

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  • November 27, 2013 at 16:12
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    Like it or not,we are the mugs who created the monster.If we keep paying 50 quid a month to sky and others. Agents and players will be chomping at the bit to get most of the pie.

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  • November 27, 2013 at 17:21
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    We have the FA repeat FA Premiership, that means the governing body of the national Sport with a vested interest in that leagues health above everyone else's.

    In Germany the German FA oversee al the Leagues with the absolute intention of having the best national team, you can bet NO german player would ever not turn out for his country no matter what his club manager wanted.

    I don't have SKy and I would not give Murdoch's empire the flu!

    Berylson is right, but all the while we have managers getting paid 'development' fees at sell on and in some cases the same agents representing both parties, I can think of no other sport or business that would go near that.

    As for action from FA, UEFA, FIFA the common link here is the initials F and A, how appropriate!

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  • November 27, 2013 at 17:52
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    Oh come on JB, you know full well that it is basic economics and what we have is called capitalism. Quite rich coming from the home of rampant capitalism where people can't even get decent health cover at an affordable price. How you putting a cap on your acquisitions?

    In an ideal world a fair day's pay for a fair day's work would apply but we don't live in that world. We live in a late capitalism world where the market is king; ask any banker or investment banker. They get what the market allows and is prepared to pay. Of course footballers are vastly overpaid by most people's standards but if employers are willing to pay them inflated salaries it is hardly their fault. Don't think that I have ever told an employer that he was giving too much salary.

    Get real.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist

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  • November 27, 2013 at 17:54
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    Also I agree with wongo: Rupert can't have my money either. All premier footballers are effectively employees of Sky as that is where the money comes from

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    • November 27, 2013 at 18:34
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      @sierraleone: couldn't agree more m8. Now if the fa got its finger out, and spread that money better over the three leagues, everyone would be happier.

      Even England would benefit because the premiershit teams wouldn't have as much buying power. Therefore clubs at a lower level, would be able to develop their talent better.

      Nowadays, if anyone aged 14+ shows any sort of talent, they are snapped up by a premiershit team and left to rot instead of develop.

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      • November 27, 2013 at 19:25
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        @bonnie1272: be great if the FA, EUFA or FIFA did something but where do you think the money from a wage cap would go? Perhaps a little seed corn to promote football at
        grass level, maybe or to growing number of men in blazers at the FA, EUFA and FIFA? Wonder why Qatar, that home of football was chosen for the venue of the World Cup? Possibly to encourage football in the Middle East?. How fortunate that they are an already cash rich country, who are quite capable and rich enough to support the game, should they wish.

        Don't get me started...

        Cheers

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        • November 27, 2013 at 21:14
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          @sierraleone: blimey, a cynical Millwall
          Fan. Well I never ! Lol

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  • November 27, 2013 at 18:55
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    Man Utd squad held a dinner the other night for some charity or other and raised 200k.
    Sounds good until you read that the Man Utd squad combined earn that figure in 10 hours!
    As Sierra says above, the statements a bit rich coming from somebody in JB's business and the second last paragraph should have us all worried for our clubs future.

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    • November 28, 2013 at 06:44
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      @lion.ie:
      We all have to admit that we all fund these salaries.
      Yes, the money should be drip-fed down the leagues right down to the grass roots etc.
      But, ask yourself this. Are you going to stop going to matches , buying replica shirts and then cancel your satellite subscription ?
      I like cricket, and professional cricketers are well paid but their salaries pale into insignificance with footballers yet I don't see any of them starving. A salary cap is the way to go. Then, clubs should have to put a certain amount into the kitty which is then used to fund and generate the new wave of British footballers. Premier League clubs are always complaining about the congestion surrounding the fixture lists yet, as Mr.Burr once said, there is ample evidence that as soon as they have a gap they jet off to exotic places and take part in contrived tournaments. A 5% levy, for a start, from gate receipts from the Premiership to fund the grass roots can be offset by capping salaries. And what's all this crap about parachute payments ? I know of no other business where that goes on.
      Got relegated ? Players on 50k a week ? Oh dear. Tell you what, here's a few million to keep you going and we hope to see you next season. Use that money for a start elsewhere.
      Maybe the Minister of Sport should be having a long hard look at all of this or someone with some guts to take on the FA. Heather Rabbats springs to mind here.

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      • November 28, 2013 at 08:55
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        @NICKOLA:

        a well thought out suggestion but I fear it can't happen. The implications for other professions means that it could be contested in the courts. There are regular complaints about the salaries and benefits of plc chairmen but the respective remuneration committees always seem to agree. Well they would, wouldn't they... There are complaints from shareholders about the large payments but they just end up as a moan at the AGM.

        Agree that as far as football is concerned the Minister of Sport should get involved, as should we, and I like your idea of Heather Rabbats being a catalyst for change,

        I also like cricket and not being a subscriber miss test cricket very much but at least I have TMS. The reason cricketers do not command the salaries of footballers is because cricket is not a world sport like football. There is a trickle down effect in cricket but Boycott is very critical that not enough goes to cricket at a grass root level. A lot of it goes to the chaps in blazers and 'advisers'.

        Regards parachute payments, I believe that MPs have something similar. Nuff said...

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  • November 28, 2013 at 23:37
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    Ha... bit rich JB, too hot for you. A business man who is in it for money. 20 clubs going to yank owners and you bought the clubs to save our football,condescending remarks you make.Well known to sell your mum to make a buck. To quote.......Berylson added: "The quality of overseas investment, on the whole, is not great for English football. But in many cases the American owner is a higher quality one. Americans tend to bring stability and a high quality of ownership."......so,the others are s*** but your for the good ? Market forces as he well knows dictate,course wages are high but as long as people buy the shirts,club stuff etc and sky, then it carrys on,until it implodes.
    You bought this club to bring up to a state to sell on,not for the love it and now you know it 's not so easy you want out.You have done well for the club,i guess,but i feel nervous of any american in our football.When the world cup was held in the states you wanted two refs on the pitch,goalposts wider apart and adverts every fifteen minutes during play and so on.Thats stability,no,thats your mentality.Your in the low league,given top premier club and you would be creaming it off and keeping your mouth tight shut about caps. We know whats wrong with no cap but don't need you to tell us......lets hope the yanks ' save our game ' eh JB.

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  • November 29, 2013 at 00:19
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    and to add.....americans Werner and Henry bought Liverpool but had no idea about them but were 'attracted by the huge amount of money made by the premier league selling matches to pay tv and overseas ' so to quote...."If it continues to go completely out of control many of the American owners that have brought so much stability to so many English clubs will lose interest, myself included.".....you mean,you havn't made the dosh you thought you would.........joke.

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