CNN reports the Duke of Cambridge, who is the English Football Association's President, has criticized professional clubs in England, accusing them of failing to take the mental health of their players seriously. Speaking during a trip to Northern Ireland, Prince William described the sport's failure to fight the issue as a "dereliction of duty." He pointed to clubs' willingness to move players on without regard should they fail to make the grade, without considering the adverse effects the treatment could have on their individual well-being.
Former Liverpool and England striker Stan Collymore, who has previously spoken out against his own battles with depression, praised the Duke's comments in a column in the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper.
He called the words "potentially game-changing for the way mental health issues are dealt with in football," given his global platform as the second in line to the throne.