Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pressure Sparks Review of PFA

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pressure Sparks Review of PFA

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THE Manchester-based Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) will appoint an independent QC to conduct a 'full and open review' of its structure and operations, the players' union has announced.

The move comes after a week of mounting pressure on the PFA's chief executive, Gordon Taylor, who has run the union since 1981.

By far the highest paid union official in Britain, the 73-year-old Taylor has been under intense scrutiny ever since it emerged that PFA chairman, Ben Purkiss, had been lobbying members about a complete overhaul of the union.

No stranger to criticism over the years, Taylor hit back by calling into question Purkiss's right to membership of the union, as he is currently with Walsall but on non-contract terms.

However yesterday's announcement of a review represents an admission that the PFA cannot ignore the calls for change. …

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