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PFA recommends independent review into organisation

The Professional Footballers' Association has recommended an independent review is held into the organisation, the union has announced. Credit: PA

The Professional Footballers' Association has recommended an independent review is held into the organisation, the union has announced.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor, who has been in his role for 37 years, has come under increasing scrutiny in recent days, with players calling for a review into the organisation.

And the PFA on Wednesday announced a "full and open review" will be held, led by an independent QC.

The idea of an independent review was first raised by PFA chairman Ben Purkiss, Credit: PA

The idea of an independent review was first raised by PFA chairman Ben Purkiss, with more than 200 current and former players joining the call.

And the PFA has relented, issuing a statement on Wednesday, which read: "The PFA, as the world's oldest professional sport union, has only been a success by listening to our members and continually evolving to meet their needs.

"We owe it to our members and to football to hold ourselves to the highest possible standards. We believe we do. However, criticism must not be swept under the carpet.

"We will therefore be recommending to the board of trustees and management committee that an independent QC conducts a full and open review into the structure and operation of the PFA as the trade union for professional footballers in England and Wales."