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FIFA World Cup 2014 - Brain Injury & Footballers

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The issue of brain injury in sports has been prominent for quite some time now including in the media’s recent reporting of the footballer David Astle’s brain injury which we previously covered in our blog. It was therefore not surprising that, at this year’s World Cup games, the issue of brain injury would come up again.

The Chronicle Herald, in a recent article, highlighted the Uruguay versus England game in which the Uruguayan football player, Alvaro Pereira, was knocked out by a blow to the head from England player, Raheem Sterling, who had run into Pereira with his knee during a tackle.

Apart from the English fans remembering the game as a disappointment due to it being a 2 -1 victory for Uruguay, this incident was captured on TV and shown to audiences worldwide, resulting in Pereira apparently losing consciousness for several minutes. Despite this, he was still allowed to continue to play in the game.

FIFPro the World Players’ Union commented “The World Cup must set the standards for player health and safety to educate the international football community.  Medical evidence shows that a person faces the risk of very serious brain injury, or worse, if he or she suffers a severe head trauma from a concussive blow”.

Such issues will be the subject of further discussion at a forthcoming event run by the Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum (“YABIF”) which is due to take place on 17 July 2014 at Doncaster Racecourse, the subject of which will be “Concussion and Brain Injury in Sport”.

The speakers will be Dr Anna-Louise MacKinnon, Medical Adviser to the Professional Jockeys Association and the Injured Jockeys Fund, and David Jackson, former professional rugby player.

We at hlw Keeble Hawson Solicitors are specialist and experienced Solicitors in brain injury and are passionate about raising its awareness. 

If you or a member of your family have sustained brain injury and you wish to obtain further advice, please contact our specialist brain injury solicitors, Mark Hollinghurst on 01302 380223 or Aisha Ahmed on 01302 308694. Mark Hollinghurst is Chair of the Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum (YABIF) and will introduce the event on 17 July 2014.

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