Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has said it is his duty and the game’s responsibility to address the problem of dementia that has impacted several former players.

The issue of dementia in the professional game was sparked by the death of England’s Nobby Stiles in October, and there have been calls for the issue of head injuries in sport to be given further attention.

Stiles and many of his 1966 World Cup-winning teammates had been diagnosed with dementia before their deaths while United great Bobby Charlton also disclosed his diagnosis recently.

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“It’s been very sad. Bobby’s not been well for a while. The gates have been opened by Nobby’s passing and Bobby’s diagnosis. They are huge figures. It has to create awareness,” Ferguson told the Daily Mail.

“I don’t know what the Professional Footballers’…

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