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Jon Walters

Jon Walters

Jon Walters has launched a staunch defence of under-fire Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor, accusing his detractors of succumbing to "mob rule".

Over 200 members or former members of the PFA have backed chairman Ben Purkiss's call for a complete overhaul of the organisation, heaping pressure on Taylor who has run the union since 1981.

But Walters, who currently plays as a striker for Ipswich and serves on the PFA's management committee, said the calls only served to detract from its efforts on behalf of its members.

Walters told BBC Radio Five Live: "Being in there, I know there is a lot of good work from the PFA but there has been a bit of mob rule over the weekend on the social media side of things and I don't like that.

"If you look at how many members we have, it's three to four hundred current members and 50,000 ex-members, so it's less than half a per cent (publicly backing Purkiss.)

"I think it (an independent review) can only be welcomed. We've almost been backed into a corner. We should be facing every problem and there shouldn't be one that gets through, but (we) have this small amount who have a grievance."

The 73-year-old Taylor insisted yesterday that the PFA will appoint an independent QC to conduct a "full and open review" of the organisation after ex-players like Ian Wright, Chris Sutton and Robbie Savage joined the call for change.

All three have retweeted tweets from journalists and other individuals who have backed the calls from Purkiss for significant changes to be made to the organisation.

But others have joined Walters in springing to Taylor's defence, with former Manchester City striker David White tweeting to describe the developments as a "witch-hunt" which are "based on selected facts to fit a narrative."

And former Chelsea star Dennis Wise tweeted: "The PFA have been great for many players over the years, I would like to thank Gordon Taylor".


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