Anita Asante, Gabriela Garton, Vincent Kompany and Jodie Taylor spoke as the council was launched publicly in Brussels. The Global Player Council (GPC) will have an international focus, reinforcing the work of FIFPRO and its 65 affiliated national player associations.
The council provides a platform for players, who avoid discussing publicly issues in football such as gender inequality and racism because of concern it may isolate them and prejudice their career.
“We want players to be able to speak up about issues, without repercussions,’’ Asante, who plays for Chelsea, said. “It’s great to have an open and transparent way to share our experiences.”