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Football chief gambled £4 million in 30 months

ESPN staff
August 28, 2013

Gordon Taylor, the head of the Professional Footballers' Association, is under fire after the Sun revealed he has gambling debts of over £100,000 and also that he placed £4 million in bets in a 30-month period.

The news became public when telephone bookmakers Best Bet ceased trading in February. Taylor is one of the highest-paid union officials in the world with a salary in excess of £1 million.

In his capacity as chief executive of the PFA, Taylor has spoken of the dangers gambling poses to footballers.

The report goes into details of the almost daily bets on a variety of sports which include football, cricket and horse racing with individual stakes of up to £15,000 a time.

The Sun said Taylor had been "repeatedly contacted … but refused to comment on his betting or to say if he had paid off any debts".

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