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'I hope dad's death is catalyst to address this scandal': Damning verdict on PFA from Nobby Stiles' son after his father passed away from dementia John Stiles: 'It's about football looking after their own... that's the essence of it' He has something he wants to get off chest on behalf of himself and his family His statement is dignified and it is measured. It is also incredibly damning

By Mike Keegan For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:37 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 22:39 GMT, 17 November 2020

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John Stiles says: 'It's about football looking after their own...that's the essence of it.'

The eldest son of Nobby Stiles, speaking for the first time since his father — one of England's 1966 World Cup heroes — passed away after suffering from dementia and prostate cancer, has something he wants to get off his chest on behalf of himself and his family.

The statement he provides to Sportsmail is everything you would expect. It is dignified and it is measured. It is also incredibly damning.

John Stiles has something he wants to get off his chest on behalf of himself and his family

John Stiles has something he wants to get off his chest on behalf of himself and his family

The family of Nobby Stiles have called on the PFA to do more to help suffering former players

The family of Nobby Stiles have called on the PFA to do more to help suffering former players

JUST SOME OF THE SPORT STARS BACKING OUR CAMPAIGN

JAMIE REDKNAPP: 'To see our national heroes suffer and not receive the support they should is wrong. I fully support the Daily Mail working with Sport United Against Dementia (SUAD) to act now to help fight this appalling disease.'

JERMAINE JENAS: 'Sport has a unique ability to reach millions of people. I am proud to support SUAD and the Mail's campaign.'

ALEC STEWART OBE: 'I am proud to support this groundbreaking campaign. To see all sports unite to fight dementia is long overdue. It is imperative we tackle it together.'

MATT LE TISSIER: 'We can't stand by and see our heroes cut down by this horrible disease but do nothing. I support the campaign and hope we can all make a difference.'

DENISE LEWIS OBE: 'Seeing sport come together to form SUAD with the Daily Mail is a brilliant initiative that I have no doubt will bring about meaningful change.'

ROBBIE SAVAGE: 'My dad was my hero and was struck down by dementia in his prime. It was devastating for the whole family. With so many of our footballing heroes also affected, I couldn't sit back and not act. It's important to me to see Macclesfield, which I'm involved with, unite with a charity so close to my heart. That's why we will champion Alzheimer's Society's SUAD campaign.'

James Cracknell OBE: 'Alzheimer's is so cruel and we have to act. The sporting world with the Daily Mail and Alzheimer's Society working together to beat dementia is something I am proud to support.'

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