A legal action over brain injuries allegedly caused in football and other contact sports has begun. Lawyers say they are working on behalf of a group of former players to establish in the courts whether sports governing bodies have done enough to protect them, and seek compensation if this is proven not to be the case.
The increased risk of neurodegenerative disease among former footballers, established in last year’s FIELD study, has been brought back into the spotlight following confirmation of Sir Bobby Charlton’s dementia diagnosis and the death of his former Manchester United and England team-mate Nobby Stiles last month, who was also suffering with the disease.
Former England and West Brom striker Jeff Astle died in 2002 aged 59 because of repeated trauma from heading footballs, described by a coroner as an “industrial injury”.
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