“The premature retirement of Andy Wilkinson marks a sad day for him, his family, supporters of Stoke City and the general world of football,” said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway.
“Andy’s retirement at such a young age should prompt the FA and Premier League to take concussion more seriously.
“Andy has spoken about the need for better and more regular surveillance of footballers who sustain concussions. We hope that the FA and Premier League will give his suggestion serious consideration.
“It is vital that footballers at any level of the game recognise the danger and seek medical attention if they sustain a concussion, remembering the Headway message – if in doubt, sit it out.”