Third of Scottish players threatened by fans, survey reveals

first_imgWishart told STV: “Players have no problem at all with booing, jeering or people criticising their performance but as we approach 2017 things that were maybe previously acceptable in the previous century are clearly not acceptable to players now.“We’ve all seen it. The supporter at the side of the pitch with the veins bulging out of his neck hurling abuse and the player who is the individual on the receiving end, which can be wishing ill will on his family or himself.“That can affect players and of course if the player reacts then the governing bodies and police will investigate the player.“I think players are just raising this as an issue to ask supporters to think about their behaviour at games.” PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart has called on fans to think about their actions after a new survey revealed a third of Scotland’s footballers say they’ve been threatened on a match day.A FIFPro Global Employment report highlighted a number of key issues surrounding player welfare including verbal and physical abuse, medical support and pay.A total of 168 players from nine Scottish clubs completed the survey, which found 33% had faced threats of violence from fans.Other findings included over one third had less than 10 days paid while one in five were unsatisfied with medical support. You can read the report in full on FIFPro’s website.last_img read more