SAFPU calls for the entire football industry—particularly professional footballers—to take heed of this case and the risks. We need to find ways to educate all footballers and also put in place systems that will ensure that there is not just a general understanding of anti-doping, supplements, and risks, but also a protocol put in place to practically find ways to protect innocent athletes. The only way to be entirely safe is to consume nothing at all. But that is not possible.
As an organization that believes that enlightened players are good for the development of the game in totality, it is our vision that our members be educated and given a chance to be able to have a life that is sustainable beyond their football playing days. It was against this background that on the 13 December 2013 the South African Football Players Union wrote to the 32 PSL teams informing teams and players alike about the SAFPU bursary fund.