Premier League: Points threat underpins English cost curbs

Premier League

Scudamore said approval for the measures was not unanimous but declined to give a breakdown of voting. Under Premier League rules, such changes need to be backed by at least 14 of the 20 clubs that make up the top flight.

Clubs will also face limits from next season on how much of the new TV money they can spend on player wages.

Any club with a wage bill of more than 52 million pounds - all of the top teams - will only be able to add four million pounds from Premier League funds to their wage bill.

Any additional spending on players would have to be covered by increases from other commercial income like sponsorship.

As an example of the sums clubs have been spending, Manchester City had staff costs of more than 200 million pounds in 2011-12, when they won the title for the first time in 44 years.

Scudamore was blunt about the sanctions facing clubs who do not stick to the rules.

"Clubs I think understand if people break the 105 million (loss) we will be looking at the top end of our sanction range," he said, referring to points deductions.

"There is an absolute prohibition on losing more than 105 million over three years," he added.

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