SFA urged to take ac­tion over de­men­tia

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in a job that wasn’t look­ing af­ter them.” Mrs Kopel con­tin­ued: “Frank’s Law united a lot of the sport­ing fam­i­lies. It was beau­ti­ful to see John Greig go up to Celtic Park and lay the wreath at Billy’s statue. That is what Glas­gow needs.

“Liz [McNeill] and I used to say that de­men­tia didn’t care that Billy was the Celtic cap­tain or Frankie was the Dundee United left-back when it came call­ing. It is no re­specter or anyone’s age, creed or colour.

“My hus­band wasn’t as well known as Billy or Ste­vie. But it doesn’t mat­ter if they’re Joe Bloggs or the Pope. These play­ers who have ei­ther passed away or are suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia all had one thing com­mon – they all headed these hard leather balls.

“Hope­fully this should nudge the au­thor­i­ties along. How can they ig­nore that? I think the SFA should def­i­nitely con­sider mon­i­tor­ing cur­rent play­ers. They should be look­ing af­ter their mem­bers. If they aren’t go­ing to do some­thing af­ter Billy McNeill passed away who are they go­ing to do it for?”

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