Chris Sutton has not taken kindly to Nuno Espirito Santo’s admission that he does not count the number of times his players head the ball during training.
There has been plenty of debate around surrounding heading restrictions in football on the back of some former players developing dementia later in their lives.
As a result, professional clubs in England have now reportedly been advised to limit ‘high force’ headers to 10 per training week.
When asked if the new restrictions made practising set-peaces more difficult, Nuno admitted that he does not count the number of headers in training, insisting that heading the ball remains an important part of the game.
Sutton has now labelled Nuno’s suggestions on the heading restrictions as ‘dangerous’.
The ex-Norwich star took to social media to urge the Spurs boss to visit former players suffering from dementia in order to understand the impact it can have.
Here’s what the former Celtic man tweeted in response to Nuno’s comments: ‘This is really disappointing and dangerous. Maybe it would be good if Nuno visited former players suffering from Dementia in the latter stages of their condition. It may change his and Spurs thinking.’
This is really disappointing and dangerous. Maybe it would be good if Nuno visited former players suffering from Dementia in the latter stages of their condition. It may change his and Spurs thinking.👇 https://t.co/C5BsmseS3O
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) September 25, 2021
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This is a complicated issue with no easy solutions. Nuno just openly said what every other Premier League boss was thinking. I do not believe any club would be seriously be following the guidelines on headers in training. However, I do wonder if Nuno should have just kept quiet on the matter instead of being honest with the media.
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