"When you play 60 games one season after another, it comes to the stage where it's just too much" - PFA CEO sends warning

30 August 2021

Maheta Molango
Photo: Alamy "We just cannot continue milking the cow thinking that this will go on forever. I think there is a strong view by the players at the very top level that they just cannot continue playing that many games and that quality should prevail over quantity," says Maheta Molango, the new Chief Executive at the Professional Footballers' Association.

In a wide-ranging interview, the new chief executive of the players' union says footballers "play too many games" and warns fatigue will damage football as a spectacle.

Taking action to prevent online abuse of players and advocating for the families of former players affected by dementia are among his priorities.

He wants a "sustainable" solution to clubs spending beyond their means, but argues against a one-size-fits-all salary cap.

Molango becomes leader of one of English football’s most powerful bodies.

Maheta Molango began his role as chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association by travelling across the country to meet Premier League captains and coaches.

One theme kept coming up: player burnout.

 "This has been a recurring topic in all my Premier League visits. There is, I think, an almost unanimous position on the fact that the players just play too many games," says Molango.

"In the end, this damages their wellbeing, it damages the quality of what you see on the pitch, it damages the result of some of those games."

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