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Dementia in football: Sir Geoff Hurst supports ban on children heading balls

  • World Cup winner says ban would be a ‘sensible suggestion’
  • Hurst has lost former teammates to dementia in recent years

Sir Geoff Hurst said he supports a ban on children heading footballs in the wake of sweeping dementia diagnoses and deaths among his 1966 World Cup-winning teammates.

Sir Bobby Charlton, his brother Jack, Ray Wilson, Martin Peters and Nobby Stiles have all been diagnosed with the disease, and Jack Charlton, Wilson, Peters and Stiles all died over the last two-and-a-half years.

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