England Cerebral Palsy captain Jack Rutter says he is “devastated” after a change to classification rules led to an immediate end to his career.
The 27-year-old, who also skippered ParalympicsGB’s cerebral palsy side, has accepted a coaching role with the Football Association.
Revised rules regarding the level of a player’s impairment have led to Rutter being classified as ineligible to play.
“It’ll affect teams around the world,” he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
“I’m absolutely devastated and I feel like I’ve lost a lot. I’m fairly fit still so I had at least another five years of playing in me.
“But I’ve got lots of opportunities available to me now and I just want to try and help the next generation now.”
Following research, the International Federation for CP football have amended the level of impairment required for a player to be eligible.
“Now any player who hasn’t got spasticity in at least two limbs is no longer allowed to play in the sport,” Rutter, who is from the Forest of Dean, explained.
“Normally that comes from cerebral palsy from birth, or from a stroke, so players who have maybe had a traumatic brain injury later in life, or if they’ve recovered well, may not be able to play any more.
“It’ll be interesting to see the impact around the world because some teams could be left with no team to field.”
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