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9 February 2021

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EFL logo Statement

An independent arbitration panel has upheld a claim from the Professional Footballers’ Association(PFA) that the EFL was in breach of the constitution of the Professional Football Negotiating andConsultative Committee (PFNCC) by introducing ‘Squad Salary Caps’.

In August 2020 following an extensive and comprehensive consultation process with EFL Clubs,
Leagues One and Two voted to adopt new financial controls that replaced the previous Salary Cost
Management Protocols (SCMP).

The PFA argued that the PFNCC’s remit to consider matters relating to the employment of, and any
associated rules and regulations to professional players employed by EFL Clubs, was not properly
considered as part of the process to introduce the new rules and as a result served a notice of claim to
that effect.

The EFL and PFA then agreed to refer that matter to arbitration and after hearing submissions from both
parties, an independent panel concluded that the EFL was in breach of its agreement as a member of
the PFNCC.

At the time of the adoption of the Salary Cap Rules, the EFL included a provision to ensure that any
decision such as this would have the effect of reinstating the SCMP rules that were in operation during
season 2019/20, which links player related expenditure to turnover.

The EFL will now discuss the matter of financial controls and implications linked to this outcome at a
series of meetings with its Member Clubs later this week.

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