• Monday, 24 December 2012

    'Ban headers' call after near-fatality

    Health campaigner Alex Ferguson called for a blanket ban on headers in football after an horrific near-fatality in Swansea yesterday.

    In two interviews following the horrific scenes, Ferguson said that the injured party "could have been killed", that it was "the most dangerous thing I've seen ... for many years", that it "could have .. broken [his] neck" as a football hit the head of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

    "This madness has gone too far", the veteran health and safety campaigner and former employer of Roy Keane told reporters. "How many more have to die before we do something about this?" Van Persie was later said to be 'stable' by staff at the intensive care unit he was rushed to after the incident. "It was touch and go for a while", a statement from the hospital read, "but we think he'll pull through with the appropriate after-care, rehabilitation and counselling".

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