Football should be “on notice” as dementia crisis deepens, warns lawyer

4 January 2021

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Photo: PA Images Tottenham's Eric Dier tussles with Hull's Michael Dawson during a Premier League match at White Hart Lane Stadium, London in December 2016.

Leading medical lawyer warns football clubs and governing bodies need to be cognisant of liabilities, as rugby players seek action over dementia.

Before Christmas England’s Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson announced plans for legal action against governing bodies after suffering dementia symptoms in his 40s.

Footballers may follow with lawsuits as World Cup winners diagnoses bring focus onto disease.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

One of the country’s leading medical law practitioners has warned that football clubs and governing bodies are “on notice” about their potential liabilities as a result of the growing dementia crisis.

Three weeks ago England’s Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson and seven other former rugby players revealed that they are proposing to bring legal proceedings against World Rugby and the England and Wales rugby unions over what they claim is their failure to protect them from the risks caused by concussions.

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