The Professional Footballers’ Association is setting up a new taskforce to further examine the issue of brain injury diseases in football.
It has been criticised for its lack of support by families of ex-footballers who have died of or have dementia.
It is understood it plans to speak to ex-Blackburn forward Chris Sutton, whose father, Mike, has dementia.
The union will also engage with Dawn Astle, the daughter of former West Brom and England striker Jeff Astle.
Neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart said Astle died of a brain condition normally linked to boxers, and that it was caused by heading footballs.
Stewart’s research into the issue, which was commissioned by the PFA and Football Association – found that former footballers were between two and five times more likely to die from degenerative brain diseases.
The PFA said on Tuesday that it would continue to fund Stewart’s research at Glasgow University.
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