Safety debate now re-ignited
prised if damaging effects of heading are found? No. The question is: what are they going to do about it? What are the authorities going to do to protect our children? These people are paid an awful lot of money to protect players and children playing football at any level. If they find damage is caused by heading the ball — which we as a family believed even before the coroner found dad’s brain was damaged in the same way as a boxer’s — then what are the long-term implications?
“Is this why, especially with ex-professionals who head the ball more, there are so many former players suffering from dementia?”
In 2014 The Mail on Sunday discovered a 10-year study promised by the Football Association and the players’ union, the PFA, into the long-term effects of head injuries was never completed, leading to former FA chairman Greg Dyke issuing a public apology for his organisation’s conduct and the promise to fund further research.