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Taylor issues new apology for Hillsborough comments

Gordon Taylor has issued a new apology through the Professional Footballers' Association website for appearing to compare Ched Evans' attempt to clear his name with the Hillsborough disaster.

I would like to apologise unreservedly for linking the Hillsborough case with the situation involving Ched Evans.

The last thing I intended to do was to upset anybody connected to the Hillsborough tragedy, I can only apologise.

I know the people involved and I will be very happy to ring them and let them know that.

The point I was making was not to embarrass or upset anybody at all among the Liverpool supporters.

– PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.


Taylor: I didn't mean to embarrass or upset anybody

Taylor has apologised for his comments. Credit: PA

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has said he didn't mean to upset or embarrass anybody for appearing to compare Ched Evans' attempt to clear his name with the Hillsborough disaster.

Taylor made the comments in a radio interview after it emerged that Evans' proposed move to Oldham had collapsed amid threats to club staff and their families.

Taylor sought to clarify his comments on Friday morning, telling Sky Sports News: "The point I was making was not to embarrass or upset anybody at all among the Liverpool supporters. I'm very much an admirer of them and they know that.

"That was never my intention but it was the fact that how things at one time can be perceived one way but come out very differently with the passage of time.

"If people feel that way (offended) about what I said, I can only apologise."

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.

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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