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.