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SBD Global/September 13, 2013/International Football

PFA CEO Gordon Taylor Emphasizes Belief He Can Still Lead Organization Despite Allegations

Professional Footballers' Association CEO Gordon Taylor "has emphasised his belief that he is still capable of leading the union despite allegations he has run up large gambling debts," according to the PA. Reports have claimed the 68-year-old, who took up the post in '81, "amassed a personal debt" of more than £100,000 ($158,000) to a bookmaker. Taylor "looks likely to remain in office," having received the "full support" of the PFA in response to the allegations. Taylor said, "I have never claimed to be holier than thou. I have been through most things in life and from that point of view I'll stand by the experience and the help and advice I have given to people." There is "no suggestion Taylor has done anything illegal," but he could "face a fight to save his reputation" after previously speaking strongly about the dangers of gambling (GUARDIAN, 9/12).
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