FIFPRO leaders spoke today of the increasingly important role of player unions during the covid-19 pandemic as they opened an unprecedented online General Assembly in the midst of severe disruption to the football industry.
In his opening remarks, President Philippe Piat praised the ongoing work of player unions which have “never hesitated to lend a hand” to footballers during the extraordinarily challenging times of the last 12 months caused by pandemic.
“We have come a little closer to the players because they have never needed us so much,” Piat said in the online address to union representatives from 64 countries. “This social role is an integral part of our mission.”
Membership of some national player unions has risen sharply as more and more footballers, facing unilateral salary cuts and hardship, understood more than ever the need for a strong union to represent them collectively.
“In a time of crisis, the spirit of the players to act together has increased,” General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said. “Player unions have become more relevant than ever.”