A CRUNCH decision that represents a 'seismic change' for English football is in danger of being rushed through, warns the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).

Clubs in Sky Bet Leagues One and Two will vote this afternoon on plans to bring in a salary cap from the 2020/21 season.

This would put a £2.5m ceiling on wage budgets for teams in the third tier, whereas the Championship's limit would be £18m.

Oxford United are among those against the plans, which boss Karl Robinson previously called 'unfair'.

With clubs still reeling from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, today's vote would see the draft rules become formalised regulations.

But the PFA fears the measures could be adopted 'without proper consideration or consultation' and wants to work with the EFL this month to reach an agreement.

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A statement said: "Like everyone involved in football, we want to see sustainable clubs at all levels.

"We absolutely understand and appreciate the huge economic pressure that clubs have come under due to the COVID-19 crisis.

"However, we have significant reservations about the measures being proposed and the speed at which these are being implemented.

"The introduction of a salary cap in English football represents a seismic change. It is a change that will have far-reaching and significant impacts right across the professional game.

"We must take the time to ensure that these are properly considered and understood.

"We have been surprised and disappointed at the level of consultation and engagement around these proposals so far. 

"It is, undoubtedly, in the best interests of the clubs, the leagues and the players that we work together on this important issue."

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The PFA added that the EFL has a 'legal obligation' to consult with the association over changes to players' conditions.

The statement added: "This consultation has not happened, and as such, we are gravely concerned that any cap brought in will be unlawful and unenforceable, which will ultimately be detrimental to everyone involved."