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Former Norwich City stars welcome ban on children heading footballs in training

Former Norwich City stars Iwan Roberts and Jeremy Goss have welcomed the new heading guidelines. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two former Norwich City stars have welcomed a move to ban young footballers from heading the ball in training.

The ban will apply to children under 12, according to new guidelines issued by football associations in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It comes after research found former footballers were more likely to develop dementia and as the University of East Anglia carries out a £1m study into the issue.

  • Click below for a full report from ITV News Anglia's Rob Setchell.

Former Norwich striker Iwan Roberts and former midfielder Jeremy Goss are taking part in the UEA's project, which tests ex-players for the early signs of dementia.

"I played over 750 games but the amount of times I would have headed a ball in training - you're talking thousands and thousands. You just think: has that had an impact on my brain?"

– Iwan Roberts
Iwan Roberts is taking part in the research at the University of East Anglia. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Research has already shown that former footballers are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

In November last year, Norwich City said goodbye to one of their greatest leaders, Duncan Forbes, who died 12 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

A month later the club lost its only World Cup winner, Martin Peters. He'd been living with dementia for three years.