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Battle to get brain injury among footballers recognised as an industrial disease - which would mean affected players being able to claim state disability benefits - is realistic, says expert Dr Michael Grey has joined neurosurgeon Dr Willie Stewart in declaring that brain injury among footballers should be recognised as an industrial disease Winning industrial designation would mean affected players being able to claim disability benefits The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC) must find multiple studies on the issue before giving the designation

By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 17 November 2020

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The fight to get brain injury among footballers recognised as an industrial disease has received a substantial boost with backing from a second renowned expert.

Winning industrial designation — which would mean affected players being able to claim state disability benefits — will not be straightforward.

Sportsmail has learned that the government body considering it will need to find multiple scientific studies and to be sure that incidence of neurological damage is twice as common among former players as in the general population.

Dr Willie Stewart declared that Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC), should recognise brain injury among footballers recognised as an industrial disease

Dr Willie Stewart declared that Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC), should recognise brain injury among footballers recognised as an industrial disease

But Dr Michael Grey, who is currently investigating the link in a project involving ex-Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright and Jeremy Goss, formerly of Norwich City — has now joined renowned neurosurgeon Dr Willie Stewart in declaring that the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC), should grant the designation.

Dr Grey, a University of East Anglia neuroscientist, said: 'I think the designation is realistic. 'I know that there is progress in that area already. I think it's a case of 'watch this space'.

'There are more and more people

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