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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:12 pm on 27th November 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire 12:12 pm, 27th November 2014

My constituent Dawn Astle is campaigning for justice for her late father, the former West Bromwich Albion and England footballer, Jeff Astle, who sadly died in 2002 after suffering neurological damage as a result of heading old-style leather footballs. When I recently visited Coalville rugby club, I found it had numerous leaflets advising about the risks and dangers of head injuries, yet in the words of Dr Robert Cantu, a leading neurologist, football is “light years behind” rugby union in appreciating this problem. May we have a debate on what more the football governing bodies can do to address this long-running issue?