I am writing a short story for the Short Story Contest this week (https://www.writingforums.org/showthread.php?t=58882) and I've decided to base it in a football match (soccer, not American football). My main character plays for Sunderland, a EPL team, and though my MC is not real, I'm tempted to use the names of the actual players in the team. They have no major roles and are mainly there for description. Should I do that? Am I allowed to do that? I hope my question is not too vague... I would post what I'd written if I hadn't written it for the contest, but I hope you get my question? Also, is this thread in the right place? I'm new, so I'm not sure. Thanks!