Former soccer player Ryan Mason, who was forced to retire after a head injury in 2017, believes head strikes can stop in this game “within 10 or 15 years because of the risks involved”
Mason was forced to retire after suffering the injury in the match between his then-team Hull City and Chelsea in 2017, and has since spoken about the dangers of head strikes in football.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there are no more headers in football in 10 or 15 years,” the former player said in statements to the BBC.
“I don’t know if footballers are aware of the potential harm of this. The more research I do and the more footballers who are researching this issue, is the better.”
The severity of head strikes in English football has gained importance in recent weeks, after Mexican soccer player Raul Jimenez suffered a blow to the head during his match against Arsenal.
In addition, several former players signed a letter to the government requesting to study the relationship between head strikes and mental decline, in light of the Nobi Styles’ death, the world champion with England in 1966, with this disease, and after Bobby Charlton announced that he had suffered from the same disease few months ago.