The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has been “hurt” by criticism of its dementia record but has vowed to change and improve.
The players’ union has come under fire from the families of former England internationals Nobby Stiles and Jeff Astle, both of whom had dementia before they died.
They believe there has been a lack of support for families of former players and for research.
But after the PFA set up a brain injury disease taskforce, assistant chief executive Simon Barker told BBC Sport: “There has been a lot done in this area.
“I’ve spoken to Dawn [Astle’s daughter] and my colleagues have spoken to John [Stiles’ son] and we need to take on board any criticism, we can’t ignore it. We need to adapt and change and improve.
“When I hear of that criticism, it hurts me and my colleagues because I know how much we care.
“If we are not doing what our members want us to do or not going to level they think we should, we should listen to them and improve as much as we can.”
Source: News update