Alan Shearer has reacted to the Fabian Schar incident when the Newcastle defender was somehow allowed to continue in the game at Georgia after he had been knocked unconscious after 24 minutes in the game.
This incident has gained attention throughout the football world because players aren’t being protected enough during games.
Players will always want to play on during a game so asking them how they feel completely misses the point.
Alan Shearer – wants an independent doctor
In fact, after the game, the talented Newcastle defender said he couldn’t remember anything about being knocked out but he had a sore neck and his head was still humming from the head clash.
This is what Alan Shearer has said in his Sun article:
“There is no way in the world that Fabian Schar should have been allowed to play on. It’s ridiculous.”
“For games at the top level, there needs to be an independent doctor not connected to any country or any club.”
“They can watch the footage and make a decision that is final.”
“If there is any doubt whatsoever, you get the player off the pitch.
“There is no way an independent doctor would have allowed someone who was knocked out to carry on.”
“Why should a doctor wait for a referee to call him on when there is something as serious as a head injury?
“Doesn’t that show how far behind rugby we are?”
“If an independent doctor is watching the game, he knows what has happened and should be straight on the pitch.”
“Newcastle shouldn’t have to get involved. It’s nonsensical.””
The doctor who is attached to the team always has a conflict of interest because the team will nearly always want the player to play on.
That’s especially true f he’s a key player like Schar and it’s a competitive game like a European qualifier.
And Schat set up both goals for Switzerland after his concussion in their 2-0 win.
Newcastle staff were said to be furious with the Swiss medics for allowing Schar to carry on in the game.
Hopefully, this incident will raise the awareness of just how dangerous concussions can be in sports if not handled correctly.