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PFA chief concerned over "backlash" to reporting racist abuse

The head of the Professional Footballers' Association, Gordon Taylor, claims that black players are reluctant to complain about racism in the wake of the rows about John Terry and Luis Suarez. Taylor said those standing up against racist abuse risked a "torrent of abuse", particularly on social media websites.

Speaking to MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, Taylor said he had received abuse for speaking out about racism.

"If there is going to be such a backlash it could set back the process of complaining which is the process by which we can measure whether this is going on," he said.

"The last thing I want after this season's incidents is for black players to not feel comfortable with the process, that if they do make a complaint that it won't be addressed properly."

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