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PFA to be scrutinised amid ‘serious concerns’ over union’s governance

• Charity Commission has opened a formal statutory inquiry• ‘Serious concerns have been raised over way PFA is run’The Charity Commission has opened a formal statutory inquiry into the governance and operation of the Professional Footballers’ Associati…

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#enough is not enough if PFA wants to be convincing on anti-racism | Daniel Taylor

Reactions to the social-media boycott show the players’ union still has much to do to win over sceptics and persuade Twitter et al to actIt wasn’t easy at first to know what to make of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s #enough campaign. It wa…

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PFA slams substandard SCG pitch after serious injury in A-League blockbuster

Melbourne Victory await news of Terry Antonis’ knee Sydney CEO says club are considering ‘all options’The players’ union has called for an independent investigation of the SCG playing surface, which has been slammed as dangerous after Saturday’s game b…

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Gordon Taylor’s exit kicks open door for rise of a players’ union with bite | Barney Ronay

PFA has for too long masqueraded as a union because it is funded to the tune of £23m a year by its members’ paymastersFarewell then, Gordon Taylor. Although not quite yet. And only, in the best union traditions, after due process has been completed.The…

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Birmingham City fan pleads guilty to assaulting Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

• Paul Mitchell attended Birmingham magistrates’ court • PFA’s Gordon Taylor says points deductions must be an optionBirmingham City fan Paul Mitchell, who assaulted Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish during Sunday’s derby match, has pleaded guilty at Birming…

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Paul Elliott resigns as PFA trustee after breaching Charity Commission rules

• Former Chelsea player is subject of an IVA• Charity Commission opens regulatory compliance casePaul Elliott, the former Chelsea defender and long term anti-discrimination campaigner, has resigned as a trustee of the Professional Footballers Associati…

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PFA received complaint claiming Gordon Taylor referred to black footballers as ‘coloured’

• PFA chief denies he said it or would use such language• Outdated language claim brings leadership back into spotlight• No suggestion union leader is racistGordon Taylor’s leadership of the Professional Footballers’ Association is back in the spotligh…

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PFA independent review: a guide to the key questions | David Conn

Gordon Taylor’s promise of ‘a full and open’ review should give disgruntled parties a clearer picture of how the Professional Footballers’ Association operatesThe union and its long-serving chief executive, Gordon Taylor, conceded to “a full and open r…

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Gordon Taylor agrees to independent review of PFA conducted by QC

• Taylor says it will examine union’s structure and operation• Agreement comes after pressure from chairman Ben PurkissThe Professional Footballers’ Association has recommended that “an independent QC conducts a full and open review into the structure …

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Gordon Taylor, the world’s ruliest rulers and an attempted PFA coup | Marina Hyde

Taylor has ruled the PFA for four decades but if upstart general Ben Purkiss has his way, the chief executive will fall short of surpassing Fidel Castro in the annals of absolute powerHow distressing to find this column’s old friend Gordon Taylor the s…

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More than 500 footballers may have lost up to £1bn due to bad advice

• Disastrous investments a factor behind players’ calls for reform• Danny Murphy says PFA failed to protect playersA major motivation behind the growing calls for reform of the Professional Footballers’ Association is the large number of recently retir…

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More than 200 footballers endorse call for Gordon Taylor to step down at PFA

• Open letter calls for election of new PFA chief executive• Robbie Savage, Ian Wright and Chris Sutton among supportersAn open letter calling on the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, Gordon Taylor, to step down has been endo…

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has qu…

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PFA’s lack of support for retired players behind call for independent review

• Union chairman Ben Purkiss in conflict with Gordon Taylor• ‘The PFA needs to evolve otherwise you get left behind’Discontent among players over the support offered by the Professional Footballers’ Association when they finish their careers is a key r…

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Gordon Taylor faces challenge after call for independent review of PFA

• New chairman Ben Purkiss is seeking to modernise union• Former UK Athletics head Ed Warner in frame to lead reviewGordon Taylor is potentially facing his most serious challenge in his 37 years as the chief executive of the Professional Footballers As…

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Footballers seeking mental health help in record numbers – but it’s good news | Aaron Bower

The PFA is set to assist more players than ever this year and those at the heart of the fight believe that reflects a growing trust in the system rather than a growing problem“The statistics may sound worrying when you first hear them but they’ve got t…

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Said & Done: ‘It’s as if you’re supposed to be penniless’ – Gordon Taylor

The week in football – also featuring: Greg Clarke, Alan Pardew and a clown faceGordon Taylor: taking his 10-year PFA income to £16.2m. Among his best work in 2017 – calling out the “disrespectful” FA for losing touch with reality: “There’s a perceptio…

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Gordon Taylor is paid four times sum of benevolent grants to former players | David Conn

PFA chief executive was paid £2.29m last year while grants to those ill, infirm, in poverty or with mental conditions totalled £530,000The annual unveiling of the salary paid to Gordon Taylor has become a ritual of public bewilderment, a surfacing of d…

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PFA’s Gordon Taylor faces pressure over ‘scandalous’ £2.2m salary

• Head of PFA received basic wage of £1.2m• Graeme Le Saux: ‘It’s wrong on so many levels’Gordon Taylor is under pressure to offer a justification for his £2.2m salary as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, which last year inc…

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FA and PFA set up study into football’s possible links with dementia

• Glasgow-based doctors to compare former players with general population• Cases of Jeff Astle and England 1966 winners raised concerns about headingA Glasgow-based research team will investigate whether former footballers are more likely to suffer fro…