New PFA chairman Omar Beckles determined to be ‘voice for the voiceless’

New Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Omar Beckles has vowed players will never be silenced on his watch.

The Leyton Orient defender wants to be a “voice for the voiceless”, having looked on from the outside for so long.

It had initially been a quiet start to life as chairman until former member was taken off air by the for his tweet comparing the language used to launch a new Government asylum seeker policy with 1930s Germany.

It saw PFA members contact the union, looking for clarification and advice over their broadcast commitments and wanting to show solidarity with Lineker and his colleagues, including former members like Ian Wright and , this month.

A fast-moving situation ultimately saw the PFA confirm players would not be interviewed by the BBC, in the men and women’s game, and Beckles is adamant the union was right to take a stand.

“It’s so hard because it’s a very political situation, but where there’s power, there’s politics,” he tells the PA news agency.