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Football players are threatening legal action over the increasing match demands placed on their bodies with new and expanding competitions, their union has told Sky News.

The welfare warning follows our analysis finding a male player could be required for an unprecedented 86 matches from next season with the UEFA Champions League adding games and FIFA introducing a new summer competition for clubs.

The congested fixture list leaves players with little space for rest and recovery with FIFA yet to grant union demands for a mandatory 28-day off-season break.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Maheta Molango
Maheta Molango called the additional games ‘a defeat for football’

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Maheta Molango told Sky News: “I feel like we’ve reached a stage where people are ready to take legal action, where people are ready to take tangible action on the pitch to try to resolve it, because it’s a sad state of affairs.

“I think it’s a defeat for football when the players need to take the justice in their own hands because they don’t feel protected.”

The concerns are magnified by FIFA introducing a new 32-team Club World Cup in 2025 when most Premier League players would be on holiday.

The 2025-26 Premier League campaign could start barely a month later and that season ends with another World Cup – for national teams – and the first since FIFA expanded it from 32 to 48 nations.

Asked if competition organisers risk killing football, Mr Molango responded: “I think they are. But I think that the players are ready now to take a strong stance.

“I do think that the authorities who are supposed to protect the players and protect the games are not doing that. They are generating more competitions, generating more income to the detriment of the players.”

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This notice was published: 2023-12-29 14:41:00

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