PFA to recommend an independent and open review

Football general

The PFA, as the world’s oldest professional sport union, has only been a success by listening to our members and continually evolving to meet their needs.

Over the last few days, we have heard the criticisms levelled at the leadership of the PFA. While we would always defend our record in supporting professional footballers – including on mental health, diversity and player welfare – we accept there are areas we can improve.

We owe it to our members and to football to hold ourselves to the highest possible standards. We believe we do. However, criticism must not be swept under the carpet.

We will therefore be recommending to the Board of Trustees and Management Committee that an independent QC conducts a full and open review into the structure and operation of the PFA as the trade union for professional footballers in England and Wales.

We will work closely with both the Board of Trustees and Management Committee to finalise the parameters and timeline of the review at which point we will make further comment.