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Hughes dismisses calls for salary cap

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has laughed off suggestions of a salary cap in the Premier League, as well as the notion that clubs might be safeguarded against relegation.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside - who is also an FA board member - recently called for the amendments to top-flight rules, claiming it would make the league more competitive, and prevent smaller clubs falling into financial ruin should they face the drop.

But Hughes, coach of the world's richest club, who pay Robinho £160,000 a week for his services, dismisses these claims.

"I doubt you will get a salary cap, I think European rules would forbid it," said the City boss.

"A lot of things are discussed at Premier League chairman level. How realistic they are I don't know, but I can't see two tiers happening any time soon either.

"Maybe Mr Gartside is trying to protect his own club's position because relegation can have such a huge effect.

"If you can guarantee there would be no relegation, it would benefit many clubs, and they would prefer that situation. But I do not think it will happen."


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