Hardmen and headers – football in the news

An historic moment in football may have passed many by when, on 26 September, Spennymoor Town hosted Team Solon in a match where heading of the ball was restricted in the first half, and banned outright in the second half. Did it make a difference to the spectacle on offer? You would have to ask the 300 or so spectators, but I suspect not.

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Concussion in sport: the second round

If a week is a long time in politics, the fortnight since the initial Digital Media Culture and Sport Select Committee (DMCSSC) first oral evidence hearing in this new inquiry has passed with undue haste.  A second, and apparently final session (the recording of which be viewed here) on Tuesday 23 March was the Committee’s opportunity to hear from individual players and governing bodies. As a result the witness ‘team sheet’ was longer and more varied than the previous hearing which had involved clinical witnesses only. The committee’s intention is to consider concussion across all sports at all levels but its focus, perhaps inevitably, remains on football and rugby.

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