Scotland FA to ban children from heading the ball during training sessions
Scotland FA to ban children from heading the ball during training sessions
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Scotland FA to ban children from heading the ball during training sessions

​Children in Scotland are set to be banned from heading the ball during training due to links between football and dementia, Sport24 reported.

BBC Scotland revealed that the Scottish Football Association (SFA) is set to make the official announcement later this month and Scotland would be the first European country to impose this restriction.

"Given the study was undertaken using medical records from Scottish footballers, there is an additional onus on the national governing body in this country to take a responsible yet proportionate approach to the findings," the SFA spokesperson said.

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson took to the media and praised the SFA for being firm and taking a stance on protecting children from being damaged by the game.

"Heading was a massive part of my game," he said. "Managers bought me because I could head the ball.

"There have been some serious situations where players have lost their lives and ex-legends suffering from dementia, so I'm glad the SFA are leading the rest of football and doing something about it."

"The difficulty we face, in the absence of meaningful research relating to the modern game, is where we draw the line in terms of acceptable risk versus the rewards we know healthy exercise can bring," chief executive Peter McCabe said.

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