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    • It is claimed that £1.9million was ‘misplaced’ from its charity bank account
    • The huge missing sum was allegedly uncovered by the Charity Commission
    • The Charity Commission has ‘serious concerns’ about the PFA
    • It is investigating the PFA, which blamed an accounting error for the lost sum
    • The money has been repaid with interest to the charity’s accounts
    • The PFA is led by chief executive Gordon Taylor, who earns £2million per year 

    The Professional Footballers’ Association is under scrutiny again after it was reportedly found that £1.9million was ‘misplaced’ from its charity bank account.

    The Charity Commission has been holding an investigation into the organisation, having previously expressed ‘serious concerns’ about the PFA, and according to the Telegraph the probe allegedly identified the ‘significant error’ that meant the huge sum of money went unrecognised as charity income and transferred to the PFA’s Accident Fund.

    According to the report, the money has been repaid with interest, but the claim again raises serious questions about the organisation headed by chief executive Gordon Taylor, who is the world’s highest-paid trade union boss on a salary of more than £2m per year.

    Sporstmail has approached the PFA for comment, and the PFA did not respond to the Telegraph’s claim that the mistake was identified by the Charity Commission, which also refused to comment on an ongoing inquiry.

    The PFA, led by current chief executive, Gordon Taylor (above) are facing fresh probes after ‘£1.9m was misplaced from its charity account’

    A source allegedly told the Telegraph: ‘If this is an “error” as stated in the accounts then it’s a fairly significant error. 

    ‘[It was] the Charity Commission, as part of their statutory inquiry, [who] have discovered that £1.9m was missing from the charity’s accounts.’

    The charity accounts, as part of the PFA’s several funds, show how £1,906,760 was returned from the PFA’s Accident Fund to the year ending June 30, 2019. 

    The publication of the charity’s latest accounts have also led to concerns over whether charity funds should be helping pay the union’s massive salaries. Sportsmail revealed in September how finance director Darren Wilson is paid £350,000 per year, a revelation that has caused outrage across the game.

    The latest accounts show that £378,199 is owed to the PFA Charity by its commercial arm PFA Enterprises Ltd. 

    The process has started to dethrone Taylor, who has been in the role for 40 years

    The process has started to dethrone Taylor, who has been in the role for 40 years

    The news comes following a review into the trade union’s governance which will see current chief executive Taylor stand down from the role.

    Taylor, who has been in the role for 40 years, has agreed to step down following the publication of the review, which has been seen by the PFA’s management committee but has not yet been made public.

    A successor is being sought and whoever is appointed will earn a salary of around £500,000 – a quarter of The £2million currently being paid to Taylor reflecting on how there is acknowledgment that his wages are too high. 

    Wilson’s wage is more than four times the average for someone carrying out the same role at an EFL club and is significantly higher than that of EFL chief executive Rick Parry. 

    The PFA’s management committee have acted on some of the key recommendations by appointing a three-person selection panel of independent chair Gary Neville, PFA director Edward Canty and Oxford defender John Mousinho.

    That group will appoint four new independent non-directors who will then lead the search for Taylor’s replacement.

    They will then work with the new incumbent in a structure which will see a dilution of the power base Taylor holds at the head of the union.

    But even the selection process of those on the independent all-white panel has caused outrage among black players and coaches, with a letter by the PFA equalities team to PFA chairman Ben Purkiss calling the selection ‘incomprehensible’.

    PFA sources insist that the equalities team have been asked to provide input by the selection panel into the appointment of four new directors, but that does not appear to have mollified them.

    The panel was appointed on the recommendation of Naomi Ellenbogen QC, who chaired Sport Resolutions’ independent review.

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