Nearly 400 ex-rugby, soccer players in concussion lawsuit

Nearly 400 ex-rugby, soccer players in concussion lawsuit

LONDON (AP) — The number of former players from rugby union, rugby league and soccer who are taking legal action against sports governing bodies on claims they suffered brain injuries during their careers has grown to nearly 4srcsrc, a British law firm said Tuesday.

The London-based Rylands Garth firm said Tuesday it would formally start the lawsuit on behalf of 26src rugby union players, 1srcsrc rugby league players and 15 soccer players, who say authorities in their sports “were negligent in failing to take reasonable action in order to protect players from permanent injury caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive blows.”

The latest high-profile player to join the concussion lawsuit is Dafydd James, a former rugby winger for Wales and the British & Irish Lions who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and probable CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

Former Manchester United defender Colin Gibson is also now among the group after being diagnosed with dementia.

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