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In the wake of the trying conditions that confronted Melbourne Heart and Perth Glory players on Sunday, Professional Footballers Australia wishes to clarify the processes that were undertaken ahead of the A-League match to ensure the welfare of the players.

The PFA has an established heat-monitoring system for every A-League game based on the accepted standard – the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT). The system provides important objective data regarding the relationship between hot conditions and the risk of heat related injury to players.

With Sunday's match predicted to be above what is deemed extreme risk of injury 28° WGBT the PFA and the Football Federation Australia (FFA) were involved in ongoing discussions throughout the week regarding player welfare.

Following these discussions the FFA agreed to delay the kick-off by two hours (17.00 hours local time) and introduced additional cooling measures, including further drinks breaks, spray cooling fans and the Albury hosts doubled the amount of ice on hand.

PFA General Manager Adam Vivian heralded the professionalism of the players in very trying conditions.

"We were in constant discussions with the players in the days leading up to the game and had kept them informed of the situation.

"It is important to recognise we are a summer sport and acknowledge playing in temperatures in excess of 40°c is not conducive to the best quality spectacle. Despite this, the game was a fantastic showpiece and we commend the players for their efforts.

The PFA will continue to monitor the players recovery as that is when they are likely to feel other effects from playing in the hot conditions."

Despite being far superior to FIFA's recommendation that "cooling breaks", but not postponement, be permitted if the WBGT exceeds 32° Vivian said the heat policy of the PFA would continue to evolve as more scientific evidence game to hand.

"We are working closely with Dr Vincent Gouttebarge, the Chief Medical Officer from FIFPro, the world players' union, who is a world leader in heat and the effects it can have on footballers.

"We will continue to use his expertise as we work with FFA to ensure the ongoing welfare of our members."