Former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen has been identified with vascular dementia.
Information of the soccer legend’s sickness was shared by his household, who stated he now needed present gamers to “know there could also be dangers with persistent heading of the ball”.
An announcement launched by his spouse Yvonne, daughters Hayley and Anna, and son Edward learn: “In January, Gordon McQueen, our dad was formally identified with vascular dementia.
“As a household we felt it was necessary to let folks know, notably if elevating consciousness can assist others in comparable conditions.
“While as a household we have discovered it arduous to come back to phrases with the adjustments in dad, he has no regrets about his profession and has lived life to the total.
“However he needs different footballers of in the present day’s era to know there could also be dangers with persistent heading of the ball.
“Dad scored some necessary targets in his profession and memorable headers however used to remain again in coaching, heading the ball to the goalkeeper for observe again and again.
“He does surprise if this has been a think about his dementia as his signs appeared in his mid-60s.”
McQueen’s daughter Hayley later posted on Twitter: “Heartbreaking to not be spending treasured time with dad of late however attempting to remain Positive & additionally increase consciousness about vascular dementia as a household.
“It is a merciless illness however had lots assist not too long ago from each @PFA and @FA. Thanks for the messages of help on right here already.”
The brothers’ 1966 World Cup-winning team-mate Nobby Stiles additionally died with dementia final yr.
The Soccer Affiliation (FA) is at the moment supporting two independently led analysis research inspecting former skilled gamers for early indicators of neurocognitive degeneration.
The FOCUS research by the College of Nottingham is being funded by the FA and Skilled Footballers’ Affiliation, whereas the HEADING research by the London College of Hygiene & Tropical Drugs is being funded by the Drake Basis.
McQueen, 68, began his profession at St Mirren earlier than transferring to Elland Highway in 1972, successful the First Division two years later and enjoying an necessary function of their run to the 1975 European Cup ultimate.
He went onto get pleasure from a profitable time with Manchester United and represented Scotland on 30 events, scoring 5 targets.
Having managed Airdrie throughout a training profession that included time at Middlesbrough, the ex-centre-back went on to turn out to be a preferred TV pundit with Sky Sports activities.