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Of all the European countries in Europe you might have expected to emulate the USA’s restrictions on children sticking the nut on footballs, the home of both the Glasgow Kiss and Trainspotting’s Begbie would almost certainly have been nowhere near the top of the list. However, in a turn of events that may turn some Proper Football Men apoplectic with rage about nanny state-ism and elf’n’safety gone mad, moves are afoot in Scotland to ban children under the age of 12 from heading the ball, a proposal that could be introduced within weeks.

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