Last week Dr John Maclean, the Scottish FA’S chief medical consultant, told BBC Scotland he wanted to see steps taken to reduce “heading load on young players”. He added: “Through work with the Scottish FA and Uefa, we have started to put together some sensible guidelines.
“Some simple things like limiting heading training for young players, perhaps to one session per week to allow the brain to recover.”
Henry Mcleish, the former first minister, whose father suffered from dementia, said it was a significant step forward for the game, adding: “The SFA should be congratulated on this precautionary decision that will help protect our children’s future.”
The Telegraph launched its own campaign in 2016 which specifically called for research into the prevalence of brain disease among former footballers.
The University of Glasgow study was launched after claims that Jeff Astle, the former West Bromwich Albion striker, died because of repeated head trauma.