Heading should be banned in under-14s football – Lenny Johnrose

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The FA says there are only around 1.5 headers per game in youth footballFootball should ban heading for under-14 children, says former player Lenny Johnrose, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March 2017.New research says former professional footballers are three and a half times more likely to die of dementia than those in the general population.Former midfielder Johnrose says it “sickens” him that there are no heading bans as there are in the United States.The Football Association says there is no evidence to support a ban.It says: “Heading is actually significantly less common in children’s games. Our analysis shows that on average there are only around 1.5 headers per game in youth football.”In the US, children aged 11 and under are not allowed to head the ball in football matches. Dr Willie Stewart, who led the landmark study which compared deaths of 7,676 ex-players to 23,000 from the general p

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