Former footballers are three-and-a-half-times more likely to die of dementia than the general population. This sad and shocking statistic shows we still have much to learn about the long-term impact of football on our bodies and brains.
With the tragic passing of England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles due to dementia, and four of his teammates having been diagnosed, it is clear that urgent action is required.
It is crucial that players are protected, not only during their playing careers, but long after too.
By acting now, we can protect the current generation of players and ensure that their mental and physical wellbeing health is preserved.
The Football Forum would like to see a full review implemented to better understand the areas of the game that are causing these issues and what can be done to prevent harm to players, both now and in the future.
As The Football Forum, we have a duty of care to our players, and this extends well-beyond contracts and transfers. Our top priority will always be the wellbeing of players and we hope that together, The Football Forum can make a real difference in the protection of players for the improvement of the beautiful game.