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21 Oct 2019

Ex-footballers more likely to die from dementia, says report

Health and Social Care Correspondent

Former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die from dementia than the general population.

That’s the finding of a long-awaited report commissioned by the Football Association.

The study follows a campaign by the family of former West Brom striker Jeff Astle, who is thought to have died because of repeated head trauma, linked to heading a football over many years.