Concerns grow over number of matches after Foe's death

LONDON: The head of the English players’ union has expressed concern at the number of matches leading internationals have to play in the wake of the death of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe at the Confederations Cup in France. 

“There’s enough money in the game now tomake sure that our players are looked after and I just wonder if this would have happened if Marc-Vivien had been resting on a beach somewhere rather than involved in a tournament,” said Gordon Taylor. 

“There are five games in 11 days in intenseheat (for the finalists in France) and you just wonder if we’re putting them (the players) under stress too many times. There’s a period when my members need a break,” Taylor told Sky Sports yesterday. 

Manchester United and England defenderRio Ferdinand added: “I don’t like moaningabout things like that because I’m paid well ...but if you want to see the best out of the players they need a little bit more of a rest period. 

“The Confederations Cup is a big no, no,” said Ferdinand. 

“What's the point in creating another competition. It's not a respected tournament, it's not a World Cup or European championship so why have another tournament?” he added in a telephoneinterview. – Reuters 

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