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A salary cap would be - as already stated - highly hypocritical. How about when Chelsea were spending a lot? Or us? No team called for a salary cap/transfer limit before. It's only now that the largest teams can be outbid is this cry for a cap happening. Let City spend however much they want. We can cry out about how ridiculous it is - and I agree with that - but to limit what they can do seems unjust.

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You mean it might be hypocritical, not hypothetical. This is real. ;)

Okay, granted that this situation is taking a turn for the worse. People are losing jobs, the economy is slowing down, etc, and footballers are asking for more money, and clubs are paying more money for their rights. All that is what's happening. But say FIFA and UEFA start thinking about salary caps? Where do you begin? Lets work our way up. Look at the lower leagues. Do they have the same salary caps as the higher leagues? Wouldn't it be unfair for a team with a relatively large financial backing in the smaller leagues to just buy good players? Look at Hoffenheim in Germany: Had they not invested in their youth system and bought tons of players, would that have done any good? Perhaps in the short term, but in the overall arc? Then lets go to the top. What should FIFA/UEFA say the caps should be? Does it differ from Germany to Italy to Spain to France to England? And then within the separate countries, what is the salary cap? Is it a £2m/week thing? Or is it £100,000/player/week max type? Or a stagnated limit, like two players with £150k, 3 other with £100k, 8 with £80k, etc... Then, how high should the salary cap be? Lower the cap to make the league have more parity or raise the bar to maintain the status quo? And how would they be implemented, because people have their contracts, and if you impose a salary cap, then some will surely be over and will have to renegotiate. What if they decide not to, the club is legally obligated to pay them, and then they'll be in trouble with FIFA/UEFA.

As for clubs being in debt and needing to fix it, yes, that is true too. It just so happens that sometimes people have more money than common sense... Hopefully people will start to get more common sense though, in particular by looking closely at two clubs in Europe.

The first club, Manchester United F.C.. Granted, RFR, we are in debt. But why is that? It's not because we spent tonnes of money on players. It's not because we did anything wrong, it's because of our owner. Look at Sir Alex' policy. He'll buy talent when necessary, most of the time young and molding them to become better players. Fergie's Fledglings are a perfect example. Plus, the club gave him time to execute his plan, and look at the results. Lo and behold, by sticking with the right person rather than look for results immediately, we eventually achieved what we set out to achieve. It's a lesson almost every club today could learn. And this brings me to Hoffenheim.

Their owner, a billionaire co-founder of SAP, has been investing in the club since the early-mid 1990s. He invested in the youth academy, teaching their players to be technical and etc... He's stuck with them and because of his plan, they're leading the Bundesliga! The problem now-a-days is that people have less patience than ever before. They want results and success now, or else.

After my diatribe, I'm now leaning towards a salary cap. True enough it's been called socialist in nature, but I believe people should look beyond that for the moment. Despite all the problems I've mentioned, it might just help to knock some common sense into clubs now-a-days. Force them to look at the blueprints laid out by Hoffenheim and United about how to invest and run a club. The thing about City - or rather their owners - that's encouraging is the fact that there are extremely few billionaires out there who have as much money to throw away as them. Having said that, they should still have some common sense. Enforced or not.
 
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