PFA boss and Former Bolton Wanderers player Gordon Taylor hits back over gambling allegations (From This Is Lancashire)
PFA boss and Former Bolton Wanderers player Gordon Taylor hits back over gambling allegations
12:13pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
FORMER Bolton Wanderers player Gordon Taylor is taking legal advice over allegations he is a serial gambler.
Mr Taylor, now the head of the Professional Footballers' Association, was alleged by a national newspaper to have a heavy gambling habit — a sensitive subject due to the fact several players and club officials have recently been sanctioned by the Football Association for breaching betting rules.
The reports were discussed by the 12-man PFA committee and a statement was later released, saying: “The management committee are aware of the recent press allegations regarding Gordon Taylor.
“While this is a private matter for Gordon, he has informed us that this dispute has been in the hands of lawyers for some time.
“For that reason, it would be inappropriate for us to comment specifically. We have discussed this with him and he has our full support.
“We recognise that gambling is part of our culture and part of football and it is for that reason that the PFA remains committed to continue in its work to raise awareness levels and educate.”
The former winger played more than 250 games for the Whites and scored more than 50 goals.
He has been head of the PFA since 1981 and has himself warned of the dangers of gambling.