PFA Management Committee member Brede Hangeland retires

PFA Management Committee member and former Fulham and Crystal Palace player Brede Hangeland has announced his retirement from professional football.

Brede moved to London in 2008 when he joined Fulham from Danish side FC Copenhagen.

The central defender made 272 appearances during his time at Craven Cottage, scoring 12 goals and was part of the team which reached the Europa League in 2009-10, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid after extra time.

Hangeland moved to Crystal Palace on a free transfer in 2014 where he made 12 appearances before being released this summer.

He won 91 international caps for Norway.

Brede has been part of the PFA’s Management Committee since 2011. PFA Chairman and Chesterfield player-coach Ritchie Humphreys said: "I would like to offer my sincere best wishes to Brede, and extend my thanks for his dedicated time and effort as a member of the PFA's Management Committee and on a personal level for the support and input he has given to me as Chairman."

PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE stated: "Brede has been in English football for eight years and has made a very positive contribution to the game both on and off the field.

“I would like to thank him most sincerely for the active role he has played on the PFA's Management Committee for the last five years and wish him every success in the future.”