German FA President Calls for Football to 'Learn From Mistakes' and Introduce Salary Cap

May 25, 2020, 4:41 PM GMT+1
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The German Football Association president Fritz Keller has called for football to install a salary cap and stricter financial regulations to stop alienating supporters following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bundesliga returned on 16 May having been put on hold for over two months - making it the first major league to return to action following the coronavirus outbreak. Despite some initial resistance from supporters, the league's restart has been well-received in most parts so far.

The pandemic has brought nearly all competitive football to a halt but the Bundesliga's return has offered hope to other football associations looking to complete their respective seasons in the coming months.

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However, German FA president Fritz Keller has insisted that football needs to learn from mistakes of the past, claiming that the current situation can serve as a great opportunity to restructure the game and put a salary cap in place.

During a virtual address to the DFB's extraordinary meeting (as quoted by The Independent) Keller stated: "We have to learn from our mistakes, because the crisis is an opportunity to restructure football.

"We need to bring professional football to the people, to their everyday world. So we need an improved financial control system and, yes, a salary cap. Commissions for agents and immense transfer figure irritate society and estrange them from our beloved sport. Football has to offer satisfactory answers to these issues."

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He continued: "We do not only need new rules but also an new attitude. Not to think just from season to season as we painfully found out. Football as a whole has to live on long-term perspectives."

Football is expected to be massively financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in any case, with player values, wages and transfer fees potentially set to take a nosedive in the coming seasons. However, in the long-term, the ramifications of the pandemic are yet to be seen.