Image copyright Getty Images A ban on children heading the ball in Scotland could be in place in a matter of weeks due to fears over the links between football and dementia.BBC Scotland has learned the Scottish FA wants to lead the way on the issue after a report found former players are more at…

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A ban on formative years heading the ball in Scotland is susceptible to be in net page in a topic of weeks attributable to fears over the hyperlinks between soccer and dementia.

BBC Scotland has realized the Scottish FA needs to lead the kind on the challenge after a file learned frail gamers are extra at likelihood of demise from the illness.

The governing physique is anticipated to insist a ban on under-12s heading the ball in coaching later this month.

A same ban has been in net page within the US since 2015.

But the SFA would turn out to be the foremost European nation to impose a restriction on head contact.

Discussions were ongoing since the inaugurate of a stumble upon in October which learned the foremost hyperlinks between frail gamers and degenerative mind illness.

The Scottish FA’s doctor, John MacLean, was once portion of the crew which highlighted that frail gamers are three and a half of cases extra susceptible to die of dementia.

There stays no firm proof linking heading the ball to the illness nonetheless Dr MacLean thinks a restriction of head contact is total sense.

He mentioned: “We are able to now not wait on the proof one scheme or the assorted on heading.

“Now we relish to employ some wise, pragmatic steps for the time being and that is the reason largely going to be about making an try to lower that total burden, the total cases that younger gamers head – and heading in coaching is out of the ordinary extra total than in suits.

“The stumble upon was once never designed to, and could likely now not identify, why, nonetheless I feel most of us would squawk, pragmatically that it’d be head harm or heading, in no topic aggregate that is susceptible to be.”

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A neurosurgeon mentioned frail England striker Jeff Astle died from a mind condition on the total linked to boxers in desire to Alzheimer’s illness

The transfer will pose questions for nationwide associations across the arena when the plans turn out to be a actuality.

It ought to additionally be a relief for Dr Willie Stewart, who led the stumble upon that learned the hyperlink within the foremost net page.

He mentioned: “I’m happy. I feel that whereas there were many questions left unanswered by our file, I feel the one thing that came via is that soccer needs to change in some scheme.

“We are able to now not plod on making an try at a likelihood of three and a half of cases greater neurogenerative illness in footballers and now not enact something about it, so right here’s colossal.”

‘Main cases’

It’s additionally being seen as a revolutionary transfer by of us which relish played the game.

Feeble Wales, Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson says the Scottish FA needs to be applauded for leading the kind on something that appears to be like evident.

He mentioned “Heading was once a big portion of my sport. Managers equipped me because I could likely head the ball.

“There were some serious cases where gamers relish misplaced their lives and ex-legends struggling from dementia, so I’m happy the SFA are leading the the relaxation of soccer and doing something about it.”

The ban is susceptible to be confirmed by the Scottish FA within the upcoming weeks when all stakeholders relish signed up to the conception.

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