Newcastle center-back Fabian Schar suffered a rather sickening concussion last weekend in the 2-0 win over Georgia by Switzerland in the Euro qualifying game.
After being unconscious for four minutes, the Swiss medics let him play on against the UEFA and FIFA rules.
If a player suffers a concussion, he should not play on – for his own good and his long term health.
Newcastle immediately contacted the Swiss Football Association and demanded he not play in yesterday’s home game against Denmark in Euro qualifying.
The Swiss agreed to that but have been getting some terrible criticism in the press for risking the health of the very talented and well-liked Newcastle United defender.
Schar is also an extremely popular footballer in Switzerland.
Denmark goalscorer Henrik Dalsgaard (left) celebrates late equalizer against Switzerland
And there was drama in the game last night with Switzerland being 3-0 up after 76 minutes; they seemed to be heading for their second win during the International break.
But would you believe it – Denmark scored three goals in the final six minutes of the game – scoring the equalizer three minutes into stoppage time.
So it looks like they missed Fabian in that game – it was a terrible collapse by the Swiss and at home too.
Schar is a never-say-die defender and a strong character; maybe they missed some of that late in the game against Denmark?
Fabian will be on his way back to Newcastle today.
He will know he has made headlines around the football world for playing on after being knocked out.
Hopefully, this will be a lesson learned.
Players who suffer concussions cannot be allowed to play on during a game – so some good will come of it for the future.
And Alan Shearer spoke strongly about it in the Sun – and his standing in the game will help to get these rules fully adhered to in the future.