PFA’s Gordon Taylor faces pressure over ‘scandalous’ £2.2m salary

first_imgShare on Messenger Business Gordon Taylor is under pressure to offer a justification for his £2.2m salary as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, which last year included a £777,000 bonus.The publication of the PFA accounts shows in 2016-17 Taylor received a basic wage of £1.2m, his bonus and £271,300 in employers’ National Insurance contributions. This is equivalent to around £6,027 a day or £42,308 a week, giving Taylor parity with many of the highest paid Premier League players he represents.Revelations about the 73-year-old’s remuneration package have angered many within the game. It can be contrasted with the £100,000 the PFA has contributed towards concussion and head injury research in more than five years, a matter which has dominated the lives of former footballers with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Taylor’s salary has gone up £1.3m from the previous year and he also gets a £41,250 car allowance, private medical cover worth almost £9,000 and utilities’ benefits worth £2,800. The entire budget of the PFA, made up of grants and member contributions, is just under £17m.The former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux called the package “absolutely scandalous” while the former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan told the Guardian it was unjustifiable. “It’s nothing personal towards Gordon Taylor – the Dalai Lama could be the chief executive of a union and on that money and I would still say it was wrong on so many levels,” he said.“Only in football, which is so detached from reality, could you pay yourself a salary of that nature. You can’t ignore that the PFA do some good stuff, very good people within the confines. But it can also be very self-serving and there is nothing more self-serving than 13-14% of the annual budget going on one person’s salary. It’s out of kilter with any other industry for a union leader to have that sort of salary. While he is a figurehead and comes in front of camera to be outspoken, to justify that salary is to defend the indefensible.”Dawn Astle, the daughter of the former West Brom striker Jeff Astle, who died aged 59 after living with dementia for many years, campaigns for more research into the effects of heading footballs. “It’s like a kick in the teeth,” she said. “He is accountable to no one and should go and give the job to someone more in touch.”Taylor has been in charge of the PFA since 1981 and lives in Lancashire. Gordon Taylor’s £2.2m pay rise: how PFA chief executive’s salary soared Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content PFAcenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics newslast_img read more

Extramarital affairs linked with professional misconduct

first_imgPeople who cheat on their spouses are significantly more likely to engage in misconduct in the workplace, a study said. The researchers looked at the records of police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals and senior executives who used the Ashley Madison marital infidelity website. Operating under the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” Ashley Madison advertises itself as a dating service for married people to have “discreet encounters”. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This is the first study that’s been able to look at whether there is a correlation between personal infidelity and professional conduct, and we find a strong correlation, which tells us that infidelity is informative about expected professional conduct,” said researcher Samuel Kruger from the University of Texas. The study found that Ashley Madison users, studied in professional settings, were more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe researchers investigated four study groups totalling 11,235 individuals using data on police officers, financial advisers, white-collar criminals, CEOs and CFOs. Even after matching misconduct professionals to misconduct-free individuals with similar ages, genders and experiences and controlling for a wide range of executive and cultural variables, the researchers found that people with histories of misconduct were significantly more likely to use the website. Their findings suggest a strong connection between people’s actions in their personal and professional lives and provide support to the idea that eliminating work place sexual misconduct may also reduce fraudulent activity. The results show that personal sexual conduct is correlated with professional conduct.last_img read more

7 dead in DR Congo lake boat capsize

first_imgBukavu (DR Congo): Seven people drowned after a transport boat sank after hitting rocks on a lake in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo over the weekend, local authorities said on Monday. Lake and river transport is widely used in the DRC as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels. The “total number of deaths is seven,” the local minister of transport and communication in South Kivu province, Claude Swedy Basila said in a statement. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAuthorities rescued 102 survivors, it said. The private boat, carrying 110 passengers, mainly traders, was travelling to the island of Idjwi when it struck a rock Saturday before capsizing. Saturday’s disaster involved a “baleiniere” or “whaler” — a commonly-used flat-bottomed vessel resembling a motorised canoe 15 to 30 metres (50 to 100 feet) long by two to six metres wide. At least 30 people died and dozens more went missing in May after a boat accident on a lake in western DRC. In the vast majority of accidents, passengers are not equipped with life jackets and many cannot swim.last_img read more