The Football Association and the Professional Footballers Association have been accused of FAILING defunct England and Manchester United legend Nobby Stiles.
On Friday it was sadly announced that the 1966 World Cup winner had died at the age of 78.
In a statement, the family of the former midfielder confirmed that he died after a long illness.
And it has been claimed that the main governing bodies of English football had not done enough to help Stiles or his family get through the string of health issues he suffered later.
Stiles was one of many former players diagnosed with dementia, which has a long suspected connection to footballers, especially in the days when balls were much heavier and often made of hard leather.
In 2010, he then suffered a mini stroke, and decided to sell his football medals – including his 1966 World Cup prize – in order to leave something for his family.
Manchester United bought their medals for £ 200,000 and they are now kept permanently in the club museum.
Eight of Sir Alf Ramsey’s World Cup winning teams have been forced to sell their medals to help provide a more comfortable future for their families, and Stiles’ death has raised serious questions as to why the FA and the PFA did not intervene or lend a hand.
Times writer and longtime English journalist Henry Winter highlighted this in his tribute to Stiles, in which he also called the PFA “ heartless ” after advising the Stiles family in 2016 that any help financial would be subject to means test.
And that particular story stunned talkSPORT presenter Natalie Sawyer, who said over Saturday’s weekend sports breakfast that an English football legend and 1966 winner deserved more.
“I just want to pick up on something that Henry Winter ends his play with, which I think is absolutely appropriate,” the host said.
“He says, ‘Don’t ask what Nobby Stiles has done for his country, ask if his country has done enough for him.
“And I think the answer to that is, ‘No, they haven’t done enough for him.’
“The PFA hasn’t done enough for him, and maybe the FA hasn’t done enough either.
“Of course there will have been times, maybe, when there would have been help, and I know the family contacted the PFA where they asked for financial help.
“But the PFA said, ‘Well, yeah, you can have it, but you’ve got to be means-tested.
“He’s a World Cup winner!
“How can you ask him to be means tested?” There must have been some help there that they could have provided without this extra work that the family would have had to do.
“No doubt it would have been difficult for the family to seek help from the PFA initially.”
Tributes have poured in for Stiles since news of his death was announced, with Manchester United taking the lead as they remembered their European Cup winning icon.
TalkSPORT host and expert Tony Cascarino also added his tribute to Stiles on Saturday morning, saying he is a true team player and unsung hero.
The ex-Chelsea striker said: “Sometimes you have a player who is not technically good enough, not fast enough, who does not tick all the boxes of what you expect from a great competitive midfielder.
“Nobby was none of those things, but he had a brilliant team ethic, he was the type of player that other players on the team needed.
“You have really good teams that have players who do a job that makes everyone excel, and that was the way Nobby Stiles played.
“He didn’t have to do what Bobby Charlton, George Best and a lot of other great Manchester United and England players did, he did the ugly stuff and did it brilliantly.
“I’ve played with players like that in my career, and it’s only when you don’t have them on the team that you start to realize all the things they do, which are often overlooked.