Dementia and football: Brain injury study to begin in January

A long-awaited study into the links between heading a football and brain damage will start in January, the Football Association has announced.

The doctor who claimed former striker Jeff Astle died because of repeated head trauma is to lead the study.

Dr Willie Stewart said his report would aim to “provide some understanding of the long-term health impact of football within the next two to three years”.

“This is a huge day for football,” said former England captain Alan Shearer.

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