Sportsmail's Chris Sutton to address MPs at DCMS inquiry

Sportsmail’s Chris Sutton to take dementia campaign to Parliament with address to MPs at DCMS inquiry into concussion in sport

  • Sportsmail’s Chris Sutton will give evidence at inquiry into concussion in sport 
  • The FA, RFU and World Rugby chiefs have also been called up for questioning 
  • The DCMS are set to produce a report about the links between sport and long-term brain injury and how to mitigate risks for players following the inquiry

Chris Sutton will take Sportsmail’s dementia campaign to Parliament on Tuesday as our columnist gives evidence at the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee inquiry into concussion in sport.

Sutton, whose father passed away in December after suffering with dementia for a decade, has fronted our fight for change and will appear with campaigner Dawn Astle and ex-England rugby player Kyran Bracken.

Sportsmail announced its seven-point charter in November, which included calls for increased research funding, temporary concussion substitutes and limited heading in training. 

Chris Sutton will take Sportsmail’s dementia campaign to Parliament on Tuesday 

The DCMS want to know what actions might be taken to mitigate risks for players

While progress has been made, we are continuing to push for football’s governing bodies to act and properly tackle the problem.

Tuesday’s hearing is the second evidence-giving session after Dr Willie Stewart, who conducted the ground-breaking FIELD study, answered questions from MPs last week.

Other speakers on Tuesday will include RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney, World Rugby chief medical officer Dr Eanna Falvey and the FA’s chief medical officer Dr Charlotte Cowie.

Sutton’s father, Mike, who was an ex-footballer, died last year after a long battle with dementia

The virtual evidence session will be split into three different panels. 

The DCMS committee said: ‘The perspective of players on head trauma will be the focus of the first two panels, hearing first-hand accounts of brain injury.

‘In the final panel, MPs will question governing bodies on their response to the available evidence on the links between head trauma in sport and neurodegenerative disease.’

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