‘We respect the scientists’ – how new heading rules affect Scottish football | Football

Early this month and within days of the Scottish Football Association introducing groundbreaking guidelines on the heading of balls at training, the Partick Thistle goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon nodded home a stoppage-time equaliser at Cove Rangers. Was the association’s bid to protect players, after links were established between head injuries and neurodegenerative disease, destined to be in vain?

Sneddon’s intervention was nothing more than coincidence. Thistle are hardly flinging in set pieces for their goalkeeper to attack during pre-match preparations. Under the SFA’s new rules for…

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