FIFPRO has in the past offered support in individual cases where players have walked off the pitch. This is the first time it has backed such action on a general basis
Players' union FIFPro claims football calendar harming elite players, advocates longer breaks, recovery time
FIFPro surveyed 543 elite players. Some of them clocked up huge numbers of playing minutes and air miles. The leading example is Heung-Min Son, the Tottenham and South Korea star, who last season helped his club reach the Champions League final and his country win gold at the Asian Games.