The family of Notts County footballing legend Jeff Astle have today launched a foundation to raise awareness of brain injuries in sport.
Astle died from a brain disease linked to heading footballs.
Keith Wilkinson reports.
The family of former West Bromwich Albion and Notts County footballer Jeff Astle are launching a new foundation aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of brain injury in sport.
The former striker died in 2002 aged 59 from a brain condition normally related to boxing.
Jeff scored the winning goal in the 1968 FA Cup final and was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad.
He was the first British professional footballer confirmed to have died from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) - a progressive, degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of head injury, often as a result of multiple concussions.
In his case, it was the repeated low level brain trauma believed to have been caused from the repeated heading of footballs.
The foundation will be launched at West Brom's game against Leicester this afternoon.
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Two men have been charged following a disturbance at a pub near Villa Park.
The disturbance, at the Witton Arms pub, happened on Saturday before the FA Cup quarter final match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
Matthew Fox, 27, from Stourbridge, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 19 March.
Matthew Owen, 37, from Walsall, has been charged with using threatening words or behaviour with intent. He has been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 19 March.
A total of 17 people were arrested on Saturday - 13 of the arrests took place at the Witton Arms pub.
Meanwhile, David Moore, 26, from Birmingham, was charged with failing to comply with a football banning notice.
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been charged by the Football Association after allegedly using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official at the end of Saturday's FA Cup tie at Aston Villa.
Brunt, who was captain on the day, has until 6pm on Thursday 12 March 2015 to respond to the charge.
The Football Association has contacted Aston Villa and West Brom to "request their observations to the disturbing crowd incidents which occurred during and after their FA Cup quarter-final tie" on Saturday.