Football lawmakers discuss plans to introduce concussion into the game with the Premier League looking to get involved in lawsuits due early next year
- Football lawmakers will discuss plans to introduce concussion substitutes
- Monday, the board of the International Football Association will discuss the matter
- The focus of the meeting will be on protocol, trials and timelines for experiments
- Meanwhile, Man United goalkeeper Lee Grant has joined PFA’s dementia task force
Football lawmakers will draw up plans Monday for concussion substitutes to be a part of the game.
The International Football Association Board is discussing the issue – part of it Sportsmails seven-point charter for dementia – in a video conference call.
They will research the advice of their Concussion Expert Group. Emphasis will be on protocol, trials and experiment timelines, with additional permanent head injury replacements rather than temporary replacements.
Football lawmakers will be drawing up plans for concussion substitutes to be a part of the game
The Premier League wants to become part of the trials, which are expected to be introduced from January.
A final decision on the matter will be taken when the IFAB meets again next month.
Meanwhile, Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant is the latest name to join the Professional Footballers’ Association’s dementia task force.
Details of the group were announced less than 24 hours later Sportsmail launched its campaign last week.
Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant is the latest name to join the PFA’s dementia task force
Chris Sutton, who is leading our demands, has been approached to join the task force that will explore a number of areas, including financial assistance and support for patients and their families.
Dawn Astle, whose father Jeff died of dementia in 2002, has also been approached, along with England and Manchester City Women’s captain Steph Houghton and former Everton and Scotland defender David Weir.
Grant, 37, is on the management committee of the PFA.
Our campaign also called on the PFA and FA to spend £ 250,000 on the FIELD study, which found that soccer players are 3.5 times more likely to die from neurodegenerative disease than the general population.