Rob Burrow's father has slammed the Government for failing to pledge funding and support for the United to End MND campaign.
The group, that has appealed for more research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) as well as supporting those with the condition, had asked the Government to invest £50million in targeted research.
However, they were left despondent following Wednesday's Autumn Budget and Spending Review, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak excluded the request from his promised spending pledges.
Burrow, 39, enjoyed a stellar rugby league career with the Leeds Rhinos, England, and Great Britain, but in December 2019 publicly revealed he had been diagnosed with MND.
He's since been widely viewed as an inspiration for his work in raising awareness of the disease, and was awarded an MBE earlier this year. The television documentary Rob Burrow: My Year With MND was also nominated at the 2021 NTA Awards.
Now his dad, Geoff, has reacted angrily to the Government's decision.
"I am absolutely disgusted to hear that the Government Spending Review has decided NOT to support the campaign to End MND, and the requested £50 million over 5 years !" he tweeted.
"All the so called indicated “Support” for the extra funding comes to NOTHING !! PLEASE RECONSIDER AND HELP MY SON."
The Rhinos, for who Burrow played 493 times, winning eight Super League titles, also hit out on social media.
"Disappointing news today from Rishi Sunak that the current government is not prepared to support groundbreaking research that could find the break through in MND," they posted.
"But the fight goes on and we will continue our support for the MND community inspired by Rob Burrow."
In a released statement, MND Association Chief Executive Sally Light said extra funding is imperative for researchers "on the cusp," of a breakthrough.
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"We are so disappointed on behalf of everyone in the MND community that the government hasn’t listened to our plea to invest £50million in targeted MND research.
"Our researchers are on the cusp of a breakthrough in discovering treatments for MND. But they need a meaningful injection of funding. We will continue to do what we can as a charity but we will also continue to fight for the investment that will give hope to the 5,000 people in the UK who are living with this brutal disease right now."
Last month, Burrow was among a number of campaigners who travelled to Downing Street to ask for financial backing, while former teammate Kevin Sinfield has also made a public plea to the Government.
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