Market Research Reveals Depression, Racism and Match-Fixing All Present In Football

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3rd January 2013 11:45 - Sport, Leisure and Tourism

A recent market research survey by  Four Four Two  magazine, which asked the opinion of 100 football players, has revealed that depression, racism and match fixing are all considered major issues.

More than three-quarters of the professional players surveyed, playing in England or Scotland, felt that depression was an issue for footballers – with notable individuals including Gary Speed, Stan Collymore and Celtic manager Neil Lennon. The research also suggested that 14% believed match fixing takes place, and more than a quarter (26%) had witnessed racism in the beautiful game; although 43% of respondents felt that there were too many foreign players in English football.

Encouragingly, more than 3 in 5 (62%) felt that a gay player would not be outcast by the football community, and only 13% believed that performance enhancing drugs were used.

Speaking about the issue of depression, Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said his organisation was devoting a lot of resources to tackling depression:

'It is an issue we have been dealing with now for some time and we are looking to ensure that people are aware of what support systems there are. We have a network of advisers and our own counselling service at the PFA as well.'

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