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.