Safety de­bate now re-ig­nited

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.

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