Gordon Taylor Insists He Can Still Lead PFA Despite Gambling Charges

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Alistair Prescott
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Gordon Taylor Insists He Can Still Lead PFA Despite Gambling Charges

England's Professional Footballers' Association head Gordon Taylor insists he is still capable of remaining in charge despite gambling allegations lodged against him. 

The Sun reportedly last month that Taylor, who has been in the role since 1981, gambled four million pounds in 2000 bets over two-and-half years, and owed a now-defunct telephone betting firm just over 100,000 pounds.

Taylor told Sky Sports News: "I've never claimed to be holier than thou. What I have claimed is to have been through most things in life, and from that point of view I'll stand by the experience, help and advice I've given to people.

"We use the Sporting Chance Clinic because it's run by people who've been through that mill.

"I'm not saying you have to, but to have experienced most things in life, like I have, I do feel capable of doing the job and developing the PFA for as long as I'm wanted.

"At the moment, it is the most powerful sporting union in the world. I'm mortal and there'll be a time in the future when I'm asked to pass on the baton, but we have a good network of people within both the PFA and our membership.

"They'll make sure that when I do leave I'll be leaving it in good hands, and it'll become stronger than ever."

- Alistair Prescott, Gambling911.com

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