Chelsea billionaires could 'kill off' competition

Last updated at 12:12 22 September 2005

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes the Barclays Premiership will be "ruined" unless a salary cap is introduced.

Whelan, whose club are playing in the top flight for the first time in their history this season, believes if the current situation is allowed to continue the billionaire-backed Chelsea will kill off meaningful competition.

"There's only one way to guarantee healthy competition in the Premiership, and that's why I'm calling for a salary cap to be enforced in the top flight," said Whelan, who also owns Wigan rugby league club - a sport where there is an effective salary cap.

"I'm not knocking Chelsea, but if they continue dominating and win the title for another three or four years, then the entire Premier League runs the risk of being ruined.

"Too many clubs would be left simply making up the numbers by a one-club monopoly. Rugby league has seen the benefits of enforcing a salary cap and soccer should take note.

"It makes sense to see a £25million or £30million limit on [Premiership] wages [per club] in order to guarantee healthy competition."

Whelan added in The Independent: "I know for a fact that the chairmen of Blackburn Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic - along with many more - support my views, so let's see it happen sooner rather than later."

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