Michel Platini again went on the record to air his disbelief at Real's profligate spending after the club signed Karim Benzema.
Then Arsenal's CEO, Ivan Gazidis channeling his MLS experience talked up the advantages of introducing the salary cap.
He referred admiringly to Germany's Bundesliga - "the only profitable league," he said- which has tight restrictions on the debts clubs can carry, and insists they live within their means.
Platini also revealed that salary cap restrictions were on the table. The details were yet to be worked out but it would still take two to three years to implement. With Real already forking out £180 million in transfer fees and showing no signs of letting up and City offering Samuel Eto'o £200,000 per week in wages there might be a new sense of urgency to establish some balance quickly in the football world.