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Alan Shearer Blasts Swiss Football Association – Calls For Changes

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.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    In rugby if there is a head injury the medicos
    are straight on the pitch – no hoping the opposition
    will kick the ball out then being waved on.
    The game just carries on around them.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib, I agree with all you say above, but you left out something important.

    The culture needs to change, in numerous ways. Players need to realise that getting up and getting on with playing does their team no favours in the long run. The priority is always about self-preservation and minimising harm to the individual, yet the players see their priority as not letting ‘the lads’ down. The fans see players battling on with blood streaming down their faces (less so these days, but Terry Butcher, Shearer in the past for eg) and call them heroes, not victims / patients. More recently, Sean Longstaff playing on with a knee ligament injury.

    Part of this, of course, is the fact that players who have barely been touched roll around on the ground as if they’ve been shot. It’s difficult for observers to know who is trying to ‘win’ (cheat) a free kick and who is genuinely in need of urgent medical attention. Players need to stop with the histrionics and thereby allow the medics to get on with treating the real issues.

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Miggy won’t be getting back from California
    after playing Mexico until some time Thursday
    so it’s fortunate we don’t play until Monday evening.

  • martoon

    Mar 26, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib @3 – Knowing Rafa because Miggy won’t have trained much with the team he might start Atsu at Arsenal.
    Also I’m assuming Rondon came away unscathed from his game although I can’t find much about it?

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Rondon stayed on the bench vs Catalunya

  • martoon

    Mar 26, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Cheers Jib – at least he doesn’t have far to travel home – he should be fresh for Monday night.

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #7

    its a bit BJORK on here today …

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8


  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s oh so quiet was originally recorded by Betty Hutton
    (heiress to the Woolworth fortune)
    in 1951

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    thought i would keep the music theme going …

    N.U.F.C. …

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    jib …

    talking about ” WOOLY’S ” .when i was a kid me mam used to send me there to get some broken biscuits …


  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Sorry the heiress was Barbara Hutton
    silly me

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    the one on Saville street near the sir colin campbell ?

  • G

    Mar 26, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    @13, last time I was down that way I was surprised all the pubs had gone, appart from one (The Mariners?). Never thought the Ballarat would close down.

  • martoon

    Mar 26, 2019 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #15

    This is interesting

    I’m not sure if it’s linked to a similar nufc or a separate investigation?

  • geordietom

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16

    JIB …
    #13 yeah mate just along from the Colin Campbell …

    sorry took a bit time to reply just back from shopping with the missus…

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Congrats to NUFC U23 player Mo Sangare who was given a first cap for Liberia on Sunday. The first of many, I’m sure.

  • Jib

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFC said at the time of the questioning
    of Lee Charnley that no charges were made
    against the club or its officials.
    The liability for payment of tax lies with the
    agents not NUFC – I think this is probably
    just the tip of the iceberg.

  • martoon

    Mar 26, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib – yeah I’ve said on here before that I thought the payment of NI, tax etc. is the agent/player’s responsibility as they are effectively self-employed. I guess the only question is if nufc were complicit knowing these payments were being used to avoid tax? However even if they were (a big IF) I would have thought they would only be fined as it surely is the agents HMRC are really after!


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