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Good News – Responsibility Taken For Schar

At last some responsibility has been taken on behalf of Newcastle’s top defender Fabian Schar.

It looks like the Swiss are now abiding by the UEFA rules and protocols that a player who has suffered a concussion during a game does not play (or train) for at least six days.

The Newcastle medical staff and the Swiss FA have jointly come to this decision.

So he is not eligible for their Euro qualifying game at home to Denmark tomorrow night and presumably will be on his way back to Newcastle – maybe after watching the game.

And as we all know there has been some uproar that he was allowed to carry on during the game over the weekend after being knocked out by an accidental clash of heads.

Fabian Schar – pulled from Swiss squad

Some good seems to be coming out of Fabian’s incident.

Brain injury charity Headway are calling for a full investigation of what happened to allow Schar to carry on in the game after he had been knocked unconscious for four minutes.

Headway pointed out that careers, lives and the long-term health of football players were all being put at risk by the sport’s inability to follow its own rules and protocols.

Fabian’s head injury has brought attention to just how dangerous it is to allow players to return to play after being knocked unconscious.

Hopefully some good will come out of all of this and our hats are off to the Headway brain injury charity for showing such leadership on this and calling out UEFA for not doing anything.

The players’ long term health and lives are a lot more important than trying to win a football game.

As we said- it looks like some good will come after Schar’s incident – and that’s got to be good news.

Comments welcome.

98 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #1

    A welsh fan tweeted after the Slovakia game
    that Dubravka seemed to be having problems
    with an ankle – I hope it was a wind-up

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 25, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Lesh………… There you go again, trying to link my retaliation to Munster’s insults to a far right stance on Brexit is yet another pathetic attempt to label people who don’t agree with your nonsensical Marxist propaganda.

  • chicousa

    Mar 25, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Chancel re: previous post
    No offense taken mate. That rant piece was just something I found both funny and somewhat evenly balanced, albeit wacky! 😉

    Thanks for posting it Jib, although looks like we both bent Ed’s rules a tad! Shame on us! 😛

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #4

    If you want to see Rondon tonight
    Catalunya vs Venezuela KO 8pm

    on here

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #5

    chico, where you went wrong was in your omission of #NUFC at the end of your post.


  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib, did I read that game vs Catalonia is being played in Madrid? Seems a bit off, that like.

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #7

    No it’s at Girona’s ground
    Their last game was in Madrid

  • chicousa

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks! Lesson learned! 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I think when it comes to changing the rules towards safety and away from spectacle in sport, the law makers are always slow to react. It often takes a tragedy / near miss for them to start taking issues seriously. See changes in American Football around head injury and dementia in retired players, those absurd looking protective halos on F1 cars and the statutory downtime for victims of head injury in rugby, all closing the stable door after the horse has bolted in many respects.

    Thankfully, Fabian Schaer’s case hasn’t proven too severe, but it is something that has made the football world sit up and take notice. I expect / hope UEFA / FIFA will be releasing new guidelines around head injuries soon.

    What it also does is highlight Fabian Schaer to a wider footballing World. His bravery in continuing and the fact he went on to get two assists will have been noticed, not just by fans of the game but by rival coaches also.

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #10
  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Ah, right, cheers Jib – Venezuela beat Argentina in Madrid, Girona is a far more sensible place for the Catalan footy team to play.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Earlier posts about yoghurt sandwiches had me thinking.
    What filling would you put between the two layers of yoghurt ?

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13


    @2… Marxist propaganda eh? A simple soundbyte oft used by peddlers of simply presented opinion such as Breitbart, The Sun, Star, Boris Johnson’s battle bus and Farage. Which petition have you signed up to – the one with six million signatories or the other with 600k?

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    And no more @13s from me.

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Lesh ffs end your political message with #NUFC

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16

    pease pudding obviously

  • chicousa

    Mar 25, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #17

    lochinvar @12
    Why do YOU always ask the complicated, epistemological questions?

  • chicousa

    Mar 25, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Oops should have added #NUFC

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #19


    Only one answer to that

    more yoghurt

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #20


  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #21


    Thanks for the tip……. #nufc


  • posada

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #22

    How does Colback always have a year left on his deal.
    Did they insist on a years extension before he went out on loan.
    Was that done in the belief they would eventually get a fee for him.
    They won’t.
    Looks like Charnley logic to me. Can’t let go of the idea that they should get money for him.
    Did they not do something similar with Krul.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #23

    There is no Manchester United player in two consecutive competitive England games for the first time in 29 years. (BBC)

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #24

    There’s a superb video on the BBC website showing a couple of drills the England striker coach uses to sharpen up the skills of his ‘clients’ (his word). Worth a watch, really interesting.


    Sorry to those outside the UK who maybe can’t view it.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Some stat that, Ron.

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Benitez used Superior Striker at Benton for Mitro
    mid March 2016

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #27


    What surprised me was we’ve only beaten Montenegro once over the past 10 years, drawing 3 times.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 25, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #28

    Put yourself in Colback’s shoes.
    He was never really accepted at the toon by a large section of the club’s fans, got nowt but stick from most the whole time he was here, as I recall.
    Still gets abuse and he hasn’t even been near the place.
    Now, having been chucked away everyone wants him to play nice and take an unnecessary pay cut from a legal contract the club were happy to give him.
    Ha ha ha.
    Unfortunately this is what you can get when you hound your own players outa the club.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Looks like we might not win again tonight Ron

    Just switched on, bit of a surprise.


  • Ron Knee

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #30


    Beeb says: Montenegro have scored in each of their last four games against England.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #31


    epistemological ?

    Is that like the Episcopalian church ?
    But different
    Think I’ll check the dictionary

  • Online Guy

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32


    Comment #9

    Spot on , a precise and important point made . Can’t believe after the thought that went into that you only have the one heart . C’mon lads that was well worth the read.

  • beefman13

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #33

    I have seen both Schar amd Fernandez do those challenges on several occasions, nutting the back of the opposing players head, I personally think they are bad craic, miles away from the ball, awful.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #34

    OG hows things.
    My delayed contribution to where you bought your first record.
    Summer of 1967 at a record shop in Paris. Procol Harem – Whiter Shade of Pale.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff

    Superb choice of record ..it always had a haunting memorable ethos it carried along through the years.


  • Online Guy

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Tuff..Iv stood next to Gary Brooker ..within 3 feet of his organ (now, now ! ) As he played Whiter shade of Pale … Think I was very emotional that night .

    Still gives me a shiver .

  • Online Guy

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Mathew Fisher was original bloke on it

  • lochinvar

    Mar 25, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #38

    Ashley now trying to buy Debenhams outright.
    Hard cash I suppose.
    Wonder which savings account he’ll use ?

  • NY Mag

    Mar 25, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #39


    As long as it’s not from the Barclays branch on the quayside, we’ll be OK 😀

  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2019 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #40

    I have to say I was very underwhelmed when Southgate got the England job but credit where it’s due as soon as he came in he got rid of the old guard, not afraid to pick young players and has them playing a very attractive style of football for an International team.


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