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GMB launches ‘Footballers United’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2018

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

The latest football news (pic: David Davies/PA)

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Amateur and semi-professional footballers deserve protection, as well as advice and support for their lives both in and out of football, according to the GMB Union

GMB, Britain’s general union, has launched a ’Footballers United’ branch to protect ‘precarious’ players from injury calamity.

The new initiative has been unveiled on Non-League Day, a day when clubs promote the importance of affordable volunteer-led community football, while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league sides.

Footballers United will help a wide range of footballers, from former Premier League players to non-professionals who have suffered horrific injuries on the pitch that mean they can no longer do their day jobs.

The branch will also give non-league footballers support, from representation at FA hearings to advice with contracts.

Francis Duku, GMB organiser, said: “Footballers outside the professional levels of the game are in a precarious position and need a union.

“One bad tackle can leave you with no way to earn money, either from playing or from your day job.

“That means no way to pay your rent, or feed your family, for possibly months or years – just because of one nasty moment on the pitch playing the game we love. It can be a personal calamity.

“GMB believes amateur and semi-professional footballers deserve protection, as well as advice and support for their lives both in and out of football.

“Footballers United will help non-league football people - regardless of whether player, club staff or fan – to access a number of union services and benefits that will greatly improve their experience of football at this level.

“The impact it has on their lives both on and off the pitch to make sure that the experience of non-league football can be improved for all who want it, as well as creating a network to provide much needed support to all in their everyday lives away from football too.”

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