The Football Association have been accused of giving a ‘kick in the teeth’ to former professional players suffering early onset dementia, believed to have been caused by RS gold concussions sustained in their careers.The claim comes from Dawn Astle, daughter of former England and West Brom striker Jeff.
Astle, who died aged 59 from an ‘industrial disease’ that a coroner found was caused by heading footballs.She fears the FA are repeating mistakes made following her father’s death in 2002, when they failed to deliver research to establish the extent of a problem she believes could affect ‘thousands’ of former professionals.
At least three of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’sLast week it was revealed that at least three of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team — Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson — have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s believed to have been caused by head injuries suffered while playing.Dawn Astle says she has been contacted by more than 250 families of former professionals, including Stiles’s son, since setting up the Jeff Astle Foundation last year.
It follows the ‘Justice for Jeff’ campaign set up after The Mail on Sunday alerted the family to the FA’s lack of research. The Astle family describe the issue as ‘sport’s silent scandal’. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Doctor to spark concussion row by dismissing research which...