Report: PFA are expected to intervene after controversial Tottenham decision

According to The Daily Mail, Professional Footballer’s Association is likely to get involved after Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United announced that they will be playing a post-season friendly in Australia.

The two teams will take on each other at the famous MCG in Melbourne on May 22, just three days after they end their Premier League campaigns.

While the trip would represent a homecoming for Ange Postecoglou, who is from the city, it is perhaps not ideal for the players so soon after a long and arduous season, particularly with the European Championship commencing in June.

Gareth Southgate has admitted that the friendly is not good news for the Three Lions ahead of their Euros preparation (Evening Standard), with James Maddison, Kieran Tripper and Anthony Gordan expected to be on the plane to Germany.

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PFA to get involved in Spurs vs Newcastle friendly

The Mail have now revealed that the PFA, who have lobbied for a reduction in fixtures on the grounds of player welfare, are now expected to get involved.

The report states that the organisation will soon be in touch with players who are affected by the development.

Additionally, the publication adds that the decision by both clubs to make the 21,000-mile round trip is also at odds with the Premier League’s new Environmental Sustainability Commitment, which was announced last month.

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This is a terrible idea for many reasons, not least its impact on player welfare but we will be seeing a lot more of this over the next few years as clubs around Europe scramble to generate more money in order to improve their FFP situation.

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