'I'd like to see a lot more done in our game' - Chambers on the PFA and head injury research
PUBLISHED: 13:43 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:43 28 February 2018
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Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers wants more to be done to research the impact of head injuries in football.
Chambers’ comments come after it was revealed Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, was paid £2.3m last year while the players’ union contributed just £100,000 to research into concussion and head injuries.
The Blues skipper, 32, questioned why Taylor was paid so heavily before admitting he is thinking more and more about the impact of consistently heading a football in training and in games, stating his belief more time and money should be spent on medical research.
“I got my head on the ball to score against Norwich,” Chambers wrote in his column for the matchday programme. “I have been doing that since I was eight years old, heading a ball.
“I saw the other day that the PFA chief executive gets more than £2million a year. I’m not sure what for. I don’t think we get much from the PFA to be honest. They send someone down at the start of the season and tell us what we can do, what we can’t do and that’s it.
“So we spend £2m on a chief executive but what, £100,000 or so on research into head injuries in football and what heading can do to a player over their career.
“There is a lot of research that has gone on in the United States for the NFL and concussion to players. I’d like to see a lot more done in our game.
“As the world develops, more information becomes available. I didn’t worry about the ramifications of continually heading a football 10 years ago because it was never mentioned.
“Now there are more stories out there, more information so you start to think about it more.
“I’d certainly like to see more of the PFA funding spent on that research.”
Taylor’s PFA salary, which includes a £777,183 bonus, a £40,000 car and a telephone allowance of more than £2,000, equates to 22-times the amount the organisation put aside for head injury research in the year ending June 2017.
Nearly £1million is spent on anti-racism equality development, while a combined £630,000 is spent on a network of councillors and the Sporting Chance clinic.
Both Premier League and Football League Youth Development Programmes receive £3million, as part of a funding programme that paid out nearly £17million in grants to various initiatives throughout the last football season.