PFA Scotland Statement on Edinburgh Derby
Last updated: 12.50pm, Thursday 1st November 2018
Statement below from Fraser Wishart, PFA Scotland Chief Executive, following last night’s events at Tynecastle.
Fraser Wishart, Chief Executive of PFA Scotland, said: “It is like Groundhog Day as it seems we are continually having to discuss and address issues like this happening at football grounds across the country. After last night’s incidents at Tynecastle, we stress again that any form of verbal abuse, violence or the throwing of objects at players and managers needs to be taken seriously and we trust that the authorities will take the appropriate action to ensure that this dangerous practice is stopped.
“The football pitch is a player’s place of work and it is not unreasonable for a player, like any other employee, to be able to work with the knowledge that their workplace is indeed a safe environment, free from violence and discrimination and that their health and safety is not at risk.
“PFA Scotland conducted a survey of our members in 2016 as part of a worldwide survey for the World Players Union FIFPro. Worryingly, 35% of those players surveyed said they had been threatened by fans (34% on a match day). Any form of abuse – verbal or physical – is wholly unacceptable and it is of paramount importance that something is done before someone is seriously hurt or maimed.”