PFA chief claims football is ‘sleep-walking into a crisis’ amid burnout fears


Professional Footballers Association chief executive Maheta Molango has warned football is “sleep-walking into a crisis” due to the demands put on players by an unrelenting schedule.

Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are each set to play in their 70th match of the season in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, with two new surveys highlighting the risk of excessive workload on players’ mental and physical health.

Almost 90 per cent of high-performance coaches surveyed by world players’ union FIFPRO said players should be involved in no more than 55 matches per season – a mark Salah and Mane have already well exceeded for club and country.

Mo Salah (left) and Sadio Mane (right) will play their 70th games of the season if they feature in Saturday’s Champions League final (Nick Potts/PA)

Speaking from a FIFPRO conference in Paris, the city which will host Saturday’s showpiece final between Liverpool and Real, Molango said: “Football is sleep-walking into a crisis on player welfare.



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