FA ‘fully aware’ of brain injury risks in 1980s but failed to act, high court told

Former footballers and families suing FA, FAW, EFL and IfabBarristers claim the four governing bodies were ‘negligent’

The Football Association “was always fully aware” of the risk of concussion and brain injury to players as early as the 1980s but failed to take steps to improve safety, the high court has been told.

Lawyers representing several former footballers and their families have said in court documents that minutes from an FA committee meeting in 1983 “indicate” that it knew of the risk posed by head injuries “but failed to take action to reduce the risk of players to the lowest reasonable level”.

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