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Union wants players protected in Eastern Europe

Union wants players protected in Eastern Europe

The football players' union wants help to protect footballers in Eastern Europe from violence, racism and match-fixing gangs.
FIFPro says it's creating a regional task force to recommend action and wants backing from FIFA and UEFA plus Europe's clubs and leagues.
The union cites recent incidents in Russia where a Montenegrin player was beaten into terminating his contract and Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos was racially insulted by a fan.
FIFPro claims criminal organizations put "objectionable pressure on players to cooperate in bribery scandals."
FIFPro's European president, Philippe Piat, wants football authorities "to choose sides in this struggle."
Clubs in Romania, Russia and Serbia have reportedly failed to pay players.