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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

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