PFA 'fully supports' chief exec

Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor continues to have the "full support" of the players' union following allegations of gambling debts, the PFA has said in a statement.

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PFA statement: 'Gambling is part of our culture'

Gordon Taylor's deputy, Bobby Barnes, has issued a statement confirming the players' union is standing by its chief executive following allegations he has accrued serious gambling debts.

He said the PFA, under Taylor's leadership, would continue to "raise awareness levels and educate" union members over gambling, which is "part of our culture". The full statement reads:

The management committee are aware of the recent press allegations regarding Gordon Taylor.

Whilst this is a private matter for Gordon, he has informed us that this dispute has been in the hands of lawyers for some time.

For that reason, it would be inappropriate for us to comment specifically. We have discussed this with him and he has our full support.

We recognise that gambling is part of our culture and part of football and it is for that reason that the PFA remains committed to continue in its work to raise awareness levels and educate.

– PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes

PFA 'fully supports' Gordon Taylor over debt claims

Gordon Taylor, seen with last season's Player of the Year Gareth Bale, will continue in his role as PFA chief executive. Credit: PA Wire

Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor continues to have the "full support" of the players' union following allegations of gambling debts, the PFA has said in a statement.

The union's 12-man committee, led by PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle, is understood to have met to discuss his future after The Sun reported Taylor has accrued a six-figure debt.

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PFA to clarify Gordon Taylor's future after betting claim

Gordon Taylor, who has led the PFA since 1981, is Britain's highest-paid union chief executive. Credit: EMPICS Sport

The Professional Footballers' Association is expected to rule on Gordon Taylor's future as chief executive after a report by The Sun which claimed he has accrued a six-figure gambling debt.

A statement is expected today from the players' union clarifying his future after discussions between the 12-man PFA committee led by PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle.

The issue is particularly sensitive given the large PFA sanctions issued to players and club officials for breaching betting rules.

A senior PFA source told the Press Association that Taylor's job is not at risk following the newspaper's allegations.

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