It was ridiculous that Fabian Schar was allowed to carry on playing for Switzerland after he reportedly had been knocked unconscious for a full four minutes in the game against Georgia over the weekend.
The Newcastle medics were alarmed at what happened, and we’re sure they have let the Swiss Football Association know about their concerns.
Now we have a brain-injury charity Headway demanding that UEFA investigate why Schar was allowed by the Swiss doctor to return to the field of play after being knocked unconscious.
They question why the protocols laid out for when a player is knocked unconscious during a game were not followed.
He should not have been allowed back onto the field.
He collided and hit heads with Tabidze, and both players received extensive treatment on the pitch before both players carried on playing.
Fabian Schar – knocked out cold over the weekend playing for Switzerland
We would be very surprised if Switzerland have Schar in the squad for their home Euro qualifier against Denmark tomorrow, but you never know.
Schar admitted after the game that he was unconscious “for a few seconds”, and could not remember what happened and that his neck was very sore.
And he said his skull was still “humming” after the game as a result of the terrible but accidental collision between the two players after 24 minutes of the game.
Chief executive of Headway, Peter McCabe has said this:
“What is it going to take to make football take concussion seriously?”
“How many more players will have their careers and, more importantly, their lives and long-term health put at risk by the sport’s inability to follow its own protocols?”
“Put simply, the decision to allow Fabian Schar to return to the field of play after suffering a clear concussion was not only incredibly dangerous but also a clear dereliction of duty.”
“The player’s comments after the match are also deeply disturbing, and again show the lack of awareness and understanding among players.”
“UEFA must immediately launch an investigation into the incident and explain why their protocols were not followed.”
There’s some real leadership there from Headway – well said, Peter McCabe.
But why have we not heard from UEFA about what happened?
Silence amounts to saying it was OK for Fabian Schar to carry on after being unconscious for 4 minutes?
Those that run the game of football have to protect the fitness of their players, and there are too many NFL players in the US who suffer terribly from brain injuries as they grow older.
The medical proof is there that concussions can be dangerous if players are allowed to play on as though nothing happened – as they used to in days gone by.
In general, FIFA must protect the players that play the game around the world.