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At least 500 former players are now affected by dementia with PFA under fire for failing to help amid increased calls to investigate link between football and brain disease

The organisation leading the fight to understand a link between football and brain disease know of at least 500 former players who have been affected, Sportsmail can reveal.

The Jeff Astle Foundation believe the number may represent a fraction of the actual total.

It emerged on Saturday that six of the 11 players who won the title for Burnley in 1959-60 have died with dementia while a seventh, Jimmy Robson, is also now struggling with the illness.

The Foundation in the name of Jeff Astle (above) lead the fight to look into dementia in football

One of the Burnley six was Jimmy McIlroy, whose daughter Anne joined 81-year-old Robson’s daughter Dany in claiming she had not received the support she had expected from the Professional Footballers’ Association.