According to the Guardian, nearly 10% of Premier League and Championship players in the PFA‘s mental health survey last season have experienced bullying during their careers, while 5% have had suicidal thoughts.
Of the 843 male players in the Premier League and Championship , 79 revealed they had been bullied and 40 said they had thought about suicide in the three months prior to the investigation . The head of the English Professional Football Association, Bennett, said the data showed the seriousness of football. These bullying may come from peers, such as teammates, club staff or management. Bennett said they would pay particular attention to the situation in the transfer window because if the club tried to force a transfer, the player could turn himself in, and they dealt with such cases from time to time.
Bennett said players have a right to feel protected and safe at work. The survey also found that more than one in five people experienced severe anxiety, fearing or worrying that something bad could happen. Bennett said often short-term attention, injuries, transfer policies and team decisions are all factors that can have an impact on a player’s long-term career. Bennett said they will hold mental health workshops within the club that players of all ages can attend, and these classes are important to create a safe place to discuss mental health .