Friday 15 November 2019

Premier League looks at youth ban on heading

The Premier League has written to all 20 clubs to notify them it is considering what action needs to be taken following the publication of the report confirming a link between dementia and football. (stock photo)
The Premier League has written to all 20 clubs to notify them it is considering what action needs to be taken following the publication of the report confirming a link between dementia and football. (stock photo)

Jason Burt

The Premier League has written to all 20 clubs to notify them it is considering what action needs to be taken following the publication of the report confirming a link between dementia and football.

There is a growing demand, in the wake of the research published last week, for a ban on heading for children. So far it has been resisted but, if agreed, it would be implemented at club academies.

Bournemouth have already stopped heading for the youngest players in their academy, while the Scottish FA is considering reducing heading in youth football.

Although there is a debate over which age groups should be covered - up to under-18s - there is a sense that a ban should be implemented quickly for under-12s.

The Premier League emailed the 20 clubs to inform them it was examining the report's evidence before making recommendations. It appears it will focus specifically on whether children should be allowed to head a ball.

The report, which followed an 18-month study by the Glasgow Brain Injury Research Group, will be discussed at the Premier League shareholders' meeting on November 14.

The study found there was a fivefold increase in the risk of Alzheimer's, a fourfold increase in motor neurone disease, and a twofold increase in Parkinson's. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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