30 Aug 2013

PFA backs its chief executive over betting allegations

5:55 am on 30 August 2013

England's Professional Footballers' Association has pledged its full support for chief executive Gordon Taylor following newspaper allegations that he ran up gambling debts of over 100,000 pounds.

The Sun newspaper claims that Taylor, who has been in the role since 1981, had gambled four million pounds over two-and-half years, and owed a now-defunct telephone betting firm just over 100,000 pounds.

68-year-old Taylor has recently spoken about the "social responsibility" of his members and called for zero tolerance towards gambling, as well as highlighting its dangers for players.