There were worries about Newcastle defender Fabian Schar yesterday when he appeared to be knocked out following a clash of heads with Georgia’s Jemal Tabidze.
There were real concerns from the players that he may have swallowed his tongue and he was treated on the pitch, and he seemed to be unconscious for around four minutes.
But after treatment from the medics, and being assessed by the Swiss doctor, he was allowed to play on.
Why that was the case should be investigated by the FA because when you are knocked out, it’s been proven that playing on can be medically dangerous.
It’s the kind of thing that can lead long-term to brain injuries.
Fabian Schar – unconscious for four minutes
We remember when Alexander Mitrovic suffered only a minor concussion in the derby with Sunderland (1-1) in our relegation season back in 2016 after Rafa had arrived.
The Newcastle doctor Paul Catterson refused to let him play on, and Rafa had to talk to Mitro to tell him he wasn’t going back into the game.
So that issue has to be addressed in football, and it’s for the long-term safety of the players.
But the good news is that Fabian Scar seems to be alright, but it was very worrying while he appeared to be unconscious on the field for so long.
Fabian was able to get assists for both Switzerland’s goals (for Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria) in the 2-0 win over Georgia in the Euro qualification game.
FA rules are that if you have suffered a concussion during a game the player has to wait for six days before playing again (or training) – never mind playing on after being knocked out for four minutes.
Schar is currently serving a two-match ban for picking up 10 yellow cards, and he cannot play at Arsenal for us after the International break.
Switzerland are at home to Denmark on Tuesday in their next Euro 2020 qualifier, and it will be interesting to see if Schar is allowed to play in that game.
What do you think?