Gordon Taylor is facing a fresh inquiry over “serious concerns” about how the Professional Footballers’ Association charity is being run.
The Charity Commission describes the inquiry as the “most serious intervention” it can make and will focus on the management of the PFA’s charity by its trustees which include Taylor.
Under-pressure PFA chief executive Taylor has already promised to stand down at the conclusion of an independent review into the players’ union and this latest development will put him back under the spotlight.
The inquiry will look at concerns over how charity funds were used and examine whether the trustees complied with their duties and responsibilities under charity law.
Stephen Grenfell, the Commission’s head of investigations, monitoring and enforcement, said: “The public rightly expect charities to operate to the highest standards - across all they do.
“Serious concerns have been raised about the way the Professional Footballers’ Association charity is run. We will now examine what has happened at the charity through a full statutory inquiry and ensure, where necessary, action is taken.”
The PFA charity accounts for year ending June 2018 report income of £26,387,608 - the majority of which came from Premier League television revenue - and expenditure of £24,546,326. Of that expenditure, the PFA accounts state that £17,411,140 was distributed as grants. Under support costs, staff costs were listed at £4,047,748.
Taylor, who earned £2m-a-year in the PFA’s published accounts for 2017/18, could be removed as a trustee by the Commission if they find him or any trustee guilty of misconduct or mismanagement.
The PFA said in a statement: “The trustees have continued to co-operate fully, openly and transparently with the Charity Commission and will continue to do so throughout this process.
“The Professional Footballers’ Association Charity Trustees are all committed to adopting the highest possible standards in administering, governing and the management of the charity and will continue to work with the Charity Commission.”
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