13th June 2012

PFA Scotland Chief Executive Fraser Wishart and President Tony Higgins attended the FIFPro Division Europe Annual General Assembly which was held in Prague last week.

The congress was hosted by the Czech professional footballers association (CAFH) and attendees were welcomed by their chairperson Karl Poborsky, the hugely successful former Czech international player.  Furthermore the Czech union which only recently celebrated the first year of its existence was delighted to present its ambassador Pavel Nedved to the participants at the assembly.

Amongst those issues discussed were match fixing and anti doping with the former currently recognised as a major threat to the game.  FIFPro belives that it is vital that increased government support and intervention is required in order to combat this problem, and that it is essential that players are educated on the issue of match fixing and its implications.

There was also further recognition of the correlation between non payment of salaries and involvement in match fixing, and therefore it is important that clubs, associations and UEFA continue to ensure that players receive their salaries on time.

PFA Scotland has been providing information to players for the past eighteen months on the rules and regulations surrounding gambling in football, and is committed to developing this further over the close season thus providing players in Scotland with extensive information on the matters of match fixing and personal gambling habits.