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SBD Global/October 24, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Ferdinand Cool On Creation Of Black Footballers Union Amid Anti-Racism Row
Published October 24, 2012
OFFICIALS WARN AGAINST UNION: The London TELEGRAPH reported that Professional Footballers' Association CEO Gordon Taylor said that Ferdinand's plans to form a breakaway union are "divisive and damaging." Taylor said that the protests "risk creating serious faultlines within the game." Taylor has called on several black footballers to "work with him and unite a sport struggling to tackle racism collectively." Taylor said, "I feel we are imploding. The longer it goes on, the more divisive it is becoming. If they want their own particular select group who they fell they can influence everybody more than the whole PFA as a union together, I would say they are seriously mistaken (TELEGRAPH, 10/23). Also in London, Mark Cue reported that FA Chair David Bernstein called on "disenchanted players not to form a union." Bernstein: “Do I hope players will stay within Kick It Out? Yes I do. Fragmentation would be a shame, but at the same time we have to understand on moral issues people have to be able to make their own choices." Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger "warned against opening up a schism." Wenger: "I think any split is bad. If you want to fight against racism, you should not create any federation on a difference that you want to fight against. I personally can’t see the logic in that” (LONDON TIMES, 10/23).