Chris Sutton was close to tears today as the issue of Dementia was again brought up involving former footballers.
The former Celtic striker has watched the impact of the condition on his Father, Mike with former players three times as likely to suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s as other members of the public.
Last weekend Nobby Stiles passed away at the age of 78 with the wife of Bobby Charlton confirming that he too was suffering from the condition.
“You all have the power to make a change, and you have to start now.”
Is football doing enough to address dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in former players?@chris_sutton73 proposes three changes that can be made now to help future generations.
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) November 7, 2020
The football authorities have been loathe to admit to the issue for fear of litigation but with Sutton, Alan Shearer and others speaking out the subject is becoming difficult to ignore.
Various measures have been proposed falling short of an outright ban on heading the ball which has always been an important aspect of the game.
During his time with Celtic Sutton was close to the McNeill family, in May 2019 the Celtic legend died at the age of 79.