It appears in a statement from the family, according to the Daily Mail.
“As a family, we felt it was important to inform the public, especially if it can help others in similar situations. Although it has been tough for us to see him change, he does not regret anything when it comes to his football career. He has lived his life to the fullest », it says in the message.
McQueen played a total of 229 games for Manchester United between 1978 and 1985. He was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1983. The former midfielder became English league champion with Leeds in 1974. For Scotland he got 30 games.
Heading into football and dementia has become a major discussion in England over the past year. 68-year-old McQueen asks today’s generation to be vigilant.
“He wants to warn today’s footballers that persistent heading of the ball carries a great deal of risk,” the statement from the McQueen family said.
Several from England’s World Cup gold team in 1966 are affected by brain diseases later in life. Jack Charlton and Nobby Stiles died of dementia, and last autumn it became known that Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton has also been diagnosed.
Willie Stewart at the University of Glasgow has previously presented a study showing that footballers are about three and a half times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease than the rest of the population.