A no-brainer: red card for kids who head the ball

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A no-brainer: red card for kids who head the ball

SA has joined the international move to protect young football players from brain damage

Senior reporter

Children under the age of 12 are banned from heading soccer balls in training to protect them against brain disease.

While the SA Football Association has not formally announced the ban, the soccer authority said it would have to implement the new rule that came from Scottish, Irish and English football chiefs.

“If those associations have adopted the rule, we have to implement it too. Football is universal, and we do not work in isolation. Those associations have the mandate to make the rules,” the association’s spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi told Times Select...

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