Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen has revealed her reaction to her father Gordon’s dementia diagnosis resulting from the demand for a bigger football, measures to prevent head injuries and thus brain diseases

Gordon McQueen made almost 200 appearances for Manchester United between 1978 and 1985 after the center-back played at Leeds – where he got out almost 150 times

The former Scottish international, 68, was diagnosed with dementia in February, three months after the great English Bobby Charlton was diagnosed with dementia. 1966 world champion Nobby Stiles suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death in October last year, during the English Teammate Jack Charlton suffered from dementia before he passed away last July

McQueen’s daughter, Hayley, 41, is a senior Sky Sports presenter and told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday: “Every father is their hero I didn’t know he was other people’s hero too

“I don’t think I really understood what he was doing until I was eight or nine years old. There were moments when I thought,” I can’t believe what he was doing so much Has given love, has now taken so cruelly much from us”’

“He started to ask, ‘When am I going to get this sorted? When will someone fix my head? “We were hoping it wouldn’t be dementia, but I think we all knew it probably was

“He said a few years ago, ‘If I ever have dementia or Alzheimer’s, I don’t want to know,’ but he actually wanted to know what was wrong with him and wanted to try to understand it and maybe to working with others to make sure the next generation of footballers aren’t in this situation ”

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will hold its first hearing on concussion in sport as it seeks to reduce the number of head injuries and the resulting brain diseases

“Sports and soccer, you go into it and think,” It will improve me mentally and physically, it will make my life longer, “Hayley said. will suffer brain damage

“I don’t think I realized how many times my dad used his head. It was over and over again, every day in training for years and years

“He said he wouldn’t take back any of the goals or headlines he fondly remembered, but maybe he would have done things differently in training had they been warned”

“But you can’t get angry about that – there’s nobody to blame, you shouldn’t know”We know now and someone will be to blame if we don’t do something about it”

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