What you should know
Unique features of the football industry place players at a higher risk of sexual abuse
This includes coaching techniques requiring physical contact, and prolonged training hours – both of which can be used to disguise abuse.
FIFPRO advocates for a system of protection to be in place for all players
This includes safe and effective ways to report sexual abuse, assistance in resulting legal processes, witness protection and support programmes for those who have been subjected to abuse.
The sport industry still lacks effective, transparent and accessible protection
While important steps have been taken, the lack of regulatory oversight and safe reporting mechanisms, cases are often only brought to light once they have already reached a tragically high human cost.
2021 Abuse in Football: Lessons Learned & Calls For Action
This report summarises FIFPRO's analysis of the conditions that allow sexual misconduct, harassment, and abuse to continue, shares some of our learnings, and reaffirms our commitment to stand with players to fight for their safety and wellbeing.
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