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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-01042

Action on Brain Injury in Football

Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, September 6, 2021

Supported by: Neil Bibby, Miles Briggs, Donald Cameron, Bob Doris, Neil Gray, Mark Griffin, Liam Kerr, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Leonard, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Willie Rennie, Paul Sweeney, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba, Martin Whitfield, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, September 21, 2021

That the Parliament understands that an increasing number of ex-footballers in the North East Scotland region and across the country are making public a diagnosis regarding brain injury, and that a growing research base highlights the increased risk of such injury that professional players face; notes the view that the sport's governing bodies must take swift action to support former players and protect those currently involved in the game; further notes calls for such conditions among footballers to be considered as an industrial injury; recognises the campaigning by PFA Scotland, the GMB and other organisations regarding this, and notes calls for a working group to be established to consider these issues, which should also focus on the grassroots game.