0 The widow of Liverpool legend Gary Ablett calls for research into 3G football pitches

The widow of former Liverpool player Gary Ablett is demanding more research into the potential dangers of 3G football pitches.

Gary AblettEarlier this month, the Metro reported news of a study urging Fifa to look into claims that 3G pitches could increase the risk of cancer.

The synthetic pitches are filled with rubber substances that the report claims contain toxic chemicals such as mercury, lead and arsenic.

Metro Sport's Sean Keans reported how Amy Griffin, a former World Cup-winning goalkeeper with the US women's national team, claimed to have found over 158 cases of footballers developing cancer and she believes the pitches have been a contributory factor.

Griffin's report was inspired by the shock death of 25-year-old Austen Everett, a goalkeeper for the University of Miami - whose family believe artificial pitches were behind her death.

Jacqueline Ablett, the widow of Liverpool legend Gary, who died from cancer in 2012, has revealed her shock at the latest claims regarding 3G pitches and is demanding more research to be conducted.

'3G pitches only came along a lot after Gary quit football but he used them as he began coaching,' she told the Mirror.

'I am so alarmed by these claims because our 15-year-old son Riley plays every week on a 3G surface for his county team.

'He does sliding tackles and comes home with cuts and grazes, so I'm always cleaning his injuries to prevent infection.

'When he takes his socks off the rubber pellets go everywhere. It's worrying, especially for parents whose kids play on 3G surfaces.

'There should definitely be more research into these pitches.'

For the original article, visit metro.co.uk.

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