The PFA voice their support for players and managers railing against festive fixture congestion as top-flight stars grow concerned about their welfare amid surge in coronavirus cases
- Premier League players are growing concerned about their welfare this season
- Top-flight action will continue this month despite fears over the Omicron variant
- Some players and coaches had already raised concerns about fixture congestion
- Man City’s Pep Guardiola hinted this week that a strike among players is possible
- The PFA have announced they have held talks with players over fixture schedule
The Professional Footballers Association have revealed they have held talks with players over the increasing problem of fixture congestion.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Premier League players will have to organise a strike if they want tangible change to scheduling problems.
And the PFA have bolstered Guardiola’s comments and confirmed that they have held held discussions over player welfare and the issue of fixture congestion.
In a statement issued to Sportsmail, PFA chief executive Maheta Molango said: ‘I’ve spoken with many senior players on this issue. I can tell you that it isn’t going away. Players don’t choose to speak out on issues like this without having given it a lot of thought.
PFA chief executive Maheta Molango has revealed that he has held talks with Premier League players over the increasing problem of fixture congestion
Man City boss Pep Guardiola believes top-flight players may strike due to scheduling issues
‘As their union, the PFA enables players to stand together. That unity gives them enormous strength.
‘Now it’s up to those who run the game at all levels to begin to take this seriously so it’s an issue that can be addressed constructively with players at the heart of the conversation. That has to happen now. This isn’t something that can be kicked down the road again.’
Earlier in the day, Guardiola said: ‘(It) should be the players and the managers all together and make a strike… through words it’s not going to be solved.
‘I don’t think (a strike will happen) because we want to play. But when people say more competitions, more games and more games and less holidays… we played the first two or three games without players this season.’
Players and coaches at Premier League clubs are concerned about their welfare after being asked to play on despite the Omicron variant