Players' Chief Gordon Taylor job 'not under threat'

29 August 2013 09:47

Players' chief Gordon Taylor's job is not at risk following allegations that he is a serial gambler, according to a senior source at the Professional Footballers' Association.

Taylor was alleged by the Sun newspaper to have a heavy gambling habit - a sensitive subject given that several players and club officials having recently been sanctioned by the Football Association for breaching betting rules.

The report has been the subject of discussion by the 12-man PFA committee and a statement from the players' union is expected on Thursday.

However, a senior PFA source told Press Association Sport that Taylor's position is not under threat, saying: "A report like this will of course lead to a discussion by the committee but there is no suggestion that this will affect his position.

"We are intending to issue a statement on Thursday following our discussions."

Taylor has been head of the PFA since 1981 and has himself warned of the dangers of gambling.

He was one of the first public figures to secure damages from News International after his phone was revealed to have been hacked, with a reported £700,000 settlement agreed in 2008.

Taylor was not available for comment on Wednesday.

Source: PA