The head of the professional football players' union Gordon Taylor has run up debts of more than £100,000 in gambling debts, according to an article by The Sun newspaper.
Taylor has always taken a firm stance against players getting involved in gambling, but despite this Taylor has reportedly gambled an estimated £4million on 2,000 bets over the course of 30 months.
Most of his gambling involved bets on horse racing, but he also spent thousands of pounds betting on Premier League matches.
Taylor, who has previously called for a 'zero tolerance' approach to footballers' gambling, is said to have lost £15,000 when England failed to beat Switzerland in 2011.
The 68-year-old has been chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA), based in Manchester, for more than 30 years and is reputed to be the highest paid union official in the world on a salary of more than £1million a year.
Taylor's horse race betting is said to have seen him run up a debt of more than £100,000 with a firm called Best Bet, according to The newspaper.
The telephone betting company, also based in the North West, is not in administration but has since ceased trading.
Despite repeated calls from The Sun yesterday, Taylor has refused to comment on the claims thus far, and an official from the Union has stated that he expects Taylor to be in work as normal.