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Football chief gambled £4 million in 30 months

ESPN staff
August 28, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

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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