Bosman ruling responsible for heavy spending - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
European Club Association (ECA) president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has blamed Jean-Marc Bosman for the recent "explosion" in transfer spending.
Belgian footballer Jean-Marc Bosman won a landmark case at the European Court of Justice in 1995, which has meant players in the European Union can leave their clubs on a free transfer once their contract expires.
Bayern Munich CEO Rummenigge, who was re-elected as ECA president on Tuesday, said the ruling is the root cause of the increase in spending that saw Premier League clubs spend a record £870 million (€1,195m) this summer while Bundesliga clubs broke the €400m (£291m) barrier for the first time.
"I like to remind everyone that all those numbers and explosions on the transfer market and with salaries have been caused by Bosman," Rummenigge told Sky Sports in Germany. "I believe that you should be proud of it, but that it's a problem."
Rummenigge called the recent financial developments in the game "hard to understand and to rationally explain" to the fans and warned clubs against "oversteering the wheel."
The Bosman ruling also ended restrictions on the numbers of foreign players at European clubs, and has been credited with the rise of player power and increases in salary, as well as helping the wealthiest clubs to grow even wealthier.
Rummenigge also repeated that he would like to see the transfer window close before clubs begin playing competitive matches each season.
"We have to lead this discussion and I hope that we will find a solution so that in the future the transfer window maybe closes before the start of the season," he said.