Study in US claims to link hundreds of cancer cases to playing on artificial surface, as rubber substances made from old tyres contains toxic chemicals.
The use of artificial sports pitches cuts across football; they are used in rugby, hockey, tennis and other field sports. There are allegations that a great number of young footballers playing on artificial pitches in the US have been linked with cancer.
- they are presently consulting FIFA and Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) over the health concerns.
- US politicians have requested a federal investigation.
- FIFA spokes person claimed its medical assessment and research centre had already probed health fears linked to synthetic pitch and claimed that: “At that time, the conclusion was clear – the available body of scientific research on this issue did not substantiate the assumption that cancer resulting from exposure to crumb rubber infill could potentially occur.”
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