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Schar Talks About Playing On After Sickening Injury – Says It Was Worth It – Sadly It Wasn’t

As we mentioned in our pice over the weekend, Fabian Schar should not have been allowed to play on after he was left unconscious after a clash of heads against Georgia in a Euro 2020 qualifier.

Schar clashed heads with Jemal Tabidze early in the game and was unconscious for a full four minutes bit after lengthy treatment the Swiss doctor allowed him to play on with a bandage around his head.

And it was Jano Ananidze who put his hand in the defender’s mouth to free Fabian’s tongue.

Fabian Schar – could have been in serious danger

But Fabian himself tried to play down the seriousness of what happened (after 24 minutes in the match), and this is what he told Swiss newspaper, Blick:

“It looks awful, I can’t remember anything.” “I was out for a few seconds.”

“My skull is still humming.” “And I’ve got a neck-ache and a bruise on my forehead.”

“But it was worth it.”

It’s promising that allowing Schar to play on has been widely criticized by fans, medics as well as former players.

These can be severe injuries and playing on following a head injury can cause brain injuries later in life.

Comments from the players who have been knocked unconscious should always be dismissed – because they want to play on.

FIFA rules say that players who have been concussed during a game must sit out six days before playing football again.

Hopefully, if a player has been knocked unconscious, he will never be allowed to play on as part of the FIFA rules.

FIFA must ensure the players’ safety and think of not only the immediate danger in games but also the potential long term negative mental health consequences to the player.

Comments welcome

6 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Switzerland FA should be fined

  • martoon

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    That Georgian player Jano Ananidze deserves a lot of credit for what he did.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    From previous:-

    Jib, warm weather training in Dubai? We had thunder and lightning last night. Wonder where they’re staying, probably one of Jumeirah Group’s hotels – I’ve a meeting at the Burj Al Arab on Thursday – will look out for them!

  • Jib

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal play an exhibition match against Al Nasr,
    to be held at the Al Maktoum Stadium on Tuesday.
    Training sessions at the Nad Al Sheba (NAS) centre
    Their hotel is in the Dubai International Financial Centre
    (DIFC) region

  • RolandoOverhead

    Mar 25, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Was totally shocked to hear about this at the weekend. Had this happened to Harry Kane, the media would have been a circus.
    That his now trademark pinpoint upfield crosses lead to both goals, will no doubt have made Schar feel the medics were correct in letting him play on.
    However, were he to have lapsed into a coma and be on life support, I don’t think his family, friends and fans would feel the same!

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 25, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree lindisfarne


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