The Bundesliga chief said it was “common sense” for his clubs to keep prices low, detailing how it was a key part of the strategy that helped German sides win the World Cup and Champions League.
“Welcome to the league where World Cup winners are made,” he said at the start of a presentation entitled “The German Way to Success”, which interspersed footage of Germany’s triumph in Brazil with their players starring in the Bundesliga.
Seifert suggested that the revolution in youth development begun in his country at the start of this century had helped keep wages low in the Bundesliga, describing academy players as “relatively cheap”.
He said clubs spent only 39 per cent of their revenues on wages, half the figure in the Premier League.
Aren’t we supposed to cheer when the workers can appropriate more of the value of their labour? Do we should be shouting down the Germans then, as they not only pay a lower potion of revenues to the workers they also deliberately restrict that revenue in the first place?