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Last Updated: Saturday, 31 December 2005, 10:44 GMT
Wenger against a cap on salaries
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes a salary cap would be unworkable
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at sports minister Richard Caborn's calls for a football wage cap.

Caborn wants controls on wages and is pursuing the matter with his counterparts across Europe.

But Wenger said sport should not be made a special case and restrictions should apply across society.

"You cannot say a sportsman should have a limited amount of income but a banker should get a 15m bonus for making a lot of money," Wenger told The Times.

Caborn wants to address the amount of money in sport that ends up in players' pockets but Wenger believes such a system is unworkable.

Wenger said: "If it is across the whole of society, I'm not against it but if it is just directed against football I don't agree with it."

Caborn's idea has been given the thumbs up by Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis.

"I campaigned for this 10 years ago," he told the Daily Express.

"When I read Caborn's plans, I immediately sent him a letter of support and I know the majority of chairman share my view.

"A cap based on wages as a percentage of turnover is one way of doing it but a straightforward cap on the amount a club can pay their entire playing staff is far simpler to administer."

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