The PFA is backing the Birmingham City players after she wrote a letter to the club’s board raising issues related to facilities, travel and budget cuts.
The FA are investigating whether Birmingham City has violated the terms of its WSL license, following concerns raised in the letter.
In the letter first, reported by the Sunday Telegraph, the players said they were living in working conditions which “prevent us from doing our jobs to the best of our ability”.
The PFA claim to have been “in close dialogue” with senior representatives of the Birmingham City squad throughout the season.
“There have been concerns about the size of the squad throughout the campaign, especially the potential impact on the health and fitness of the players,” a statement read.
“Following injuries in January, the PFA contacted the FA ahead of a Women’s Super League match with Tottenham Hotspur.
“Due to the limited number of players available, we felt that there was a potential risk for those who were not perfectly fit or who carried injuries if the match proceeded. The match was subsequently called off. .
“As discussions with the club progress, the PFA will continue to liaise with representatives of the senior team and give the players our full support.”
The club have so far declined to comment Sky Sports News, but a Birmingham spokesperson spoke to the Sunday Telegraph, in response to the letter sent by their game team.
The club spokesperson said: “The letter was received last week and responded to. A request to meet with the board was made in the letter and the request was the first formal request to be received. .
“It’s no secret that we have one of the lowest budgets in the league, Covid has only made it worse. It certainly makes the competition difficult, but we are doing our best on and on. off the pitch in a very difficult time for professionals. Football. “
Regarding travel issues, Birmingham said: “We are fortunate to be based in the center of the country where we can easily get to our matches without having to spend the night, while still being able to prepare our team for the best possible way to compete. “
Regarding the medical issues, the club spokesman said: “There are no plans to miss out on the WSL next season, and the team are fully focused on what is needed to keep Birmingham City in the game. WSL.
“The men’s and women’s premier teams have yet to survive in their respective leagues. So it is difficult to start contract negotiations for next season. It has been a difficult time for everyone, including us. .
“We are working and hoping to ensure the survival of both teams, so that we can continue to plan for the future of the club.”
Birmingham were beaten 6-0 by league leaders Chelsea on Sunday and are ninth in the WSL, after their 11th loss in the division this season.
WSL stars unite to support Birmingham players
A number of WSL squad members, including Birmingham’s Christie Murray, have spoken out on the grievances put forward by the Blues players, with some comments on the club’s response.
I am proud and I support these strong and ambitious professionals who push for the necessary change.
The club is not “doing its best”. What a shameful response.
So great to see the power of unity as so many other players in the league are adding their support as well. 👊🏼 https://t.co/eZ3a5BfIgn
– Rachel Corsie (@ RachelCorsie14) April 5, 2021
Murray tweeted: “Girls deserve better; women’s game deserves better. More needs to be done to create an elite environment to move forward.”
Arsenal’s Katie McCabe said: “The players, staff and fans of @BCFCWomen deserve so much more. It’s 2021, things need to improve and the clubs need to support their women’s teams !! We are with you. “
Fran Kirby, who scored twice for Chelsea against Birmingham on Sunday, said: “It’s a shame in 2021 that we still have women’s teams competing in England’s top league who have to ask for help like this- this.
“We should all have the chance to perform at the highest level possible, Birmingham Women, we are all by your side.”