Peter Reid and Viv Anderson are among a group of former footballers who have teamed with Parliamentarians to demand an urgent review into the possible link between heading the ball and dementia.
Nobby Stiles’ family say they have been told his brain was severely damaged by repeated heading of the ball.
The risk of footballers developing dementia is back in the spotlight.
Wayne Rooney says “something needs to change” as too many former footballers are dying of dementia.
Nobby Stiles’ son has backed calls to look at the amount of heading professional players do in training and believes the game should not wait for a link between heading and dementia to be established beyond any doubt before helping former footballers who are suffering now.
More “robust” evidence of a link between heading and dementia is required before football can introduce training restrictions at professional level, according to the medical chief of the world players’ union.
A legal action over brain injuries allegedly caused in football and other contact sports has begun.
Sir Geoff Hurst said he supports a ban on children heading footballs in the wake of sweeping dementia diagnoses and deaths among his 1966 World Cup-winning teammates.
The Football Association has said it holds a “clear and unwavering commitment” to battle dementia after the family of Nobby Stiles hit out at a failure to “address the scandal” of the illness in the game.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand paid an emotional tribute to “great character” Nobby Stiles as the 1966 World Cup winner’s funeral took place on Thursday.
Football paid tribute to Nobby Stiles ahead of the funeral of the 1966 World Cup winner in Manchester on Thursday.
England boss Gareth Southgate is concerned about the prospect of suffering from dementia as a result of his 18-year playing career.
Phil Neville has described Nobby Stiles as a “giant of the game” who “took care of me the way I would want my own son to be treated”.
Gary Neville has hailed Nobby Stiles as a great man, a great footballer and a great influence after the World Cup winner’s death at the age of 78.
Nobby Stiles, who has died at the age of 78, was the “heart and soul” of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, his team-mate Sir Geoff Hurst has said.
Nobby Stiles, who was part of the 1966 England World Cup-winning team, has died aged 78. Stiles was also part of the Manchester United team which became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. Here, the PA news agency takes a look back at his career in pictures.
The class of 1966 remain the only England side to lift a trophy at a major tournament.
Nobby Stiles was, in his own words, the fella with no teeth who danced round Wembley.
Nobby Stiles, part of the England team which won the World Cup in 1966, has died aged 78 after a long illness.