All fun and games until baby heads ball
There is a very serious debate within football over the potential injury caused by heading the ball, or being hit on the head by a ball, and several papers reported this week on how a baby was the innocent victim of a kick-about “involving Chelsea’s Cesc Fàbregas”.
Victoria Diethardt was with her son Mark in London’s Belgrave Square Gardens when the little fella was hit on the head by a ball. She felt he should be taken to hospital for scans “after medics said there was a possibility he may have sustained brain damage”.
Ms Diethardt is quoted in the story as saying: “Fàbregas is wealthy enough to pay for private health checks for my son. If they show he’s been damaged, Fabregas should pay for the rest of his life.” The first part of which doesn’t actually sound all that unreasonable until it emerges that the suspected culprit in the story is not the Spanish international midfielder but his three-year-old daughter, Lia. The comments left by some readers in relation to the Ross Barkley/Kelvin MacKenzie story did little this week to advance the cause of humanity but the Mail might have done worse than incorporate the one left by Lance Uppercut 123 into their actual story. “If a Premier League footballer kicked a ball into a six-month-old child’s head, you’d know about it,” he suggested helpfully.