Gordon Taylor received the same ‘scandalous’ £2.2million pay package in his role as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association last year, despite the furore it caused when the 2017 accounts were published.

The near-£1m pay rise that was revealed last February attracted widespread criticism, with former England defender Graeme Le Saux describing the pay package for the union boss as ‘absolutely scandalous’.

But Sportsmail can reveal that Taylor, who has been accused of running the PFA like a ‘fiefdom’, earned the same amount the following year.

According to the accounts for the year to June 2018, which are due to be published on Thursday, Taylor was paid a basic salary of £1.2m and a bonus of over £777,000, and the PFA’s employers’ National Insurance contributions cost £271,300. 

On top of this, the 74-year-old received a staggering £44,516 car allowance, £6,870 private medical cover and over £3,000 in telephone allowance.

The overall pay package of £2.29m — or £44,000 a week — is a slight increase on 2017, suggesting that criticism of his lucrative salary was ignored.

There is likely to be further anger at this year’s salary, particularly when the accounts show the PFA spent just £125,000 on funding head injury research, via a contribution to Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk.

The total spent on grants was £17.4m in 2018, while the amount spent on ‘consultancy fees’ jumped from £11,000 to almost £40,000.

Accounts show that the PFA has assets of over £64m, including £8.4m worth of freehold property and £9.7m worth of memorabilia.

Taylor has recently come under intense pressure to stand down, due in large part to the fallout of a challenge to his position by new chairman Ben Purkiss in the latter half of 2018.

Taylor’s salary is decided by the business advisory committee of the PFA’s charitable trust, with former Port Vale and Rochdale defender Gareth Griffiths seemingly having the ultimate responsibility.

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