GPC Presser

Global Player Council discusses Covid-19 impact on footballers


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GPC Presser
The FIFPRO Global Player Council (GPC) has held several video conferences in recent weeks, with the impact of COVID-19 on return to play, match calendars and the economic sustainability of the industry among the key items on the agenda.

Return to play was discussed with players across different competitions and remained on top of the agenda for several weeks. In light of the fragmented situation across global football markets, players also exchanged extensive views on the economic impact on players and the football industry. The hardship of many players in the industry and the need for financial transparency were also discussed.

As another priority item, players raised concerns about the mounting evidence they receive on the impact the crisis will have on player workload and future match calendars. Reduced season breaks and shortened recovery periods in between matches were key concerns raised by players. Further, discussion on this topic will take place at the next meetings before the European summer break and at future GPC meetings.

Reflecting on current developments and widespread player activism to fight racism in our societies, male and female members of the GPC also discussed the need for an open exchange on racism and discrimination in the football industry and agreed that this would require a specific focus amongst players and football stakeholders.

The following players took part in the video conference calls:
Anita Asante
Jennifer Beattie
Asmir Begovic
Lucy Bronze
Giorgio Chiellini
Christian Eriksen
Sara Gama
Eiji Kawashima
Elise Kellond-Knight
Vincent Kompany
Eugenie Le Sommer
Kim Little
Rui Patrício
Neven Subotic
Jodie Taylor
Kevin Trapp