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The Football League Proposal To Change The Rules!
By: Bill Osborne
THE Football League has announced plans to revolutionise the game outside the Premiership. Football League chairmen meeting at Leicester City's Walkers Stadium, agreed in principle to three major proposals.
1. Salary Capping
Third Division clubs will have their wages capped as a percentage of annual turnover from next season. This salary capping will also apply to the first and second divisions for season 2004-05.
The League also agreed to proposals to extend the Football League play-off tournament to six teams from next season but all games will be contested over one leg only in the following format.
The Football League is concerned that clubs have used administration as a way of escaping debts, thereby gaining an advantage over their rivals which could harm football's image, therefore clubs entering administration could now face an immediate deduction of between six and 12 points, or even relegation at the end of the season. In addition to that, the League are proposing that;
The wage capping and play-off decisions would be put forward for ratification at the League's annual meeting on 5 June, with an extraordinary general meeting to be arranged for ratification of punishments for clubs who enter administration.
"These are three significant developments. The clubs understand this relates to moving football forward under the umbrella of good governance," said Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney. "The clubs understand this relates to moving football forward under the umbrella of good governance."
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