PFA offer Pedersen support

Players' Union disappointed at Singh's comments

Morten Gamst Pedersen: Has come in for criticism from Blackburn's global advisor

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The PFA have expressed their concern at comments made by Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh regarding Morten Gamst Pedersen and have vowed to support the player.

Singh recently claimed that Pedersen 'has lost his legs, he's not been contributing to the team'.

He did say that the Norwegian midfielder would be offered a 'clean slate' this season but suggested that his career at Ewood Park could be in jeopardy.

Pedersen has spent the last eight years with Rovers, displaying loyalty and commitment to the cause throughout that spell.

The PFA feel it is wrong of a senior figure at the club to publicly lambast the 30-year-old and have warned Singh, who has issued an apology of sorts, that he is in danger of bringing the game into disrepute.

"The PFA have been in discussions with the players at Blackburn Rovers in relation to the recent comments made by Shebby Singh," read a statement on the organisation's official website.

Disrespectful

"We share their considerable disappointment that anyone connected to Blackburn Rovers would make such disrespectful comments about a player like Morten Gamst Pedersen. The feeling within the squad is that as a group of players they support each other but particularly someone like Morten who is so respected within the club and indeed the game.

"Personal criticism of this nature is never acceptable and the players are shocked that someone from within their club has seen fit to make such comments. Whilst accepting that anyone can have an opinion on football, someone in such a position of responsibility should be more mindful of the comments he makes particularly when you consider what a valuable member of the team Morten is and the great contribution he has made and continues to make to Blackburn Rovers and Norway.

"Any comments that are made should be based on fact, and it is our understanding that the club's statistics on prozone over the last season completely disproves any such uninformed views. He should be mindful of bringing the game and the club into disrepute and being completely disrespectful to a player who has served Blackburn Rovers with distinction during his eight year career representing the club in 260 matches and scoring 34 goals.

"The situation has not been helped by the subsequent apology which didn't seem to retract the comments, rather Mr Singh simply implied he was 'too honest for his own good'.

"The PFA are very concerned about this situation and naturally we are fully supportive of Morten and the other players at Blackburn Rovers."