Dementia and football: PFA wants heading banned for under-11 players


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Children under the age of 11 should be banned from heading footballs until the long-term health risks are better understood, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) says.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor was responding to a BBC documentary in which Alan Shearer examined research linking repeated heading with dementia.

In the United States, under-11s are banned from heading,