FIFPRO is launching a Global Player Council to strengthen the role of professional footballers in shaping their industry at an international level.

“Together with these players we will amplify the voice of footballers worldwide. As professional football develops globally at a rapid pace this new channel is more important than ever,” FIFPRO General Secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffman said. “We are excited by the enthusiasm of so many players, who are leaders on and off the pitch, to be part of the Global Player Council.

“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.”

“We, as players, don’t speak out as a group enough,” Kompany said. “I’m glad to be part of this council. By moving the game forward, we’re doing something that really needs to happen. When you’re on your own and you speak up you put yourself in a very difficult position. You can be forgotten in the space of a transfer window.”

Read more about the Global Player Council and its members here.