Football lawmakers to discuss plans on introducing concussion subs

Football lawmakers to discuss plans on introducing concussion substitutions into the game with the Premier League wanting to be involved in trials set to take place early next year

  • Football’s lawmakers will discuss plans to introduce concussion substitutes
  • The International Football Association Board will discuss the matter on Monday
  • The meeting’s focus will be on protocol, trials and timelines for experiments
  • Meanwhile, Man United keeper Lee Grant has joined PFA’s dementia taskforce 

Football’s lawmakers will set out plans on Monday for concussion substitutes to become part of the game.

The International Football Association Board are discussing the matter — part of Sportsmail’s seven-point dementia charter — in a video conference call.

They will examine advice given by their Concussion Expert Group. The focus will be on protocol, trials and timelines for experiments, with additional permanent head-injury substitutions rather than temporary replacements.

Football’s lawmakers will set out plans for concussion substitutes to become part of the game

The Premier League wants to become part of the trials, which are expected to be introduced from January.

A final decision on the matter will be made when IFAB meets again next month.

Meanwhile, Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant is the latest name lined up to become part of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s dementia taskforce. 

Details of the group were announced less than 24 hours after Sportsmail launched its campaign last week.

Manchester United keeper Lee Grant is the latest name to join the PFA’s dementia taskforce

Chris Sutton, who is spearheading our demands, has been approached to become part of the taskforce which will examine a number of areas including financial assistance and support for sufferers and their families.

Dawn Astle, whose father Jeff passed away from dementia in 2002, has also been approached, along with England and Manchester City Women’s captain Steph Houghton and former Everton and Scotland defender David Weir.

Grant, 37, is on the PFA’s management committee.

Our campaign also called on the PFA and FA to commit £250,000 to the FIELD study, which found footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die from a neurodegenerative disease than the general population.




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