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https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/premier-league-rule-change-leicester-4629911

 

The IFAB have given the green light to trials of concussion substitutions to take place in January ahead of a potential 2021/22 introduction


ByGeorge Smith
10:38, 22 OCT 2020

The Premier League has been given the green light by football’s lawmakers to start trials for concussion substitutions in January ahead of them potentially being introduced at the start of the 2021/22 season on a permanent basis.

The IFAB [International Football Association Board] have concluded that player safety must become a priority and that a new approach to head injuries is needed.

The changes are set to see ‘additional permanent substitutions’ introduced, which will give players that have suffered a potential concussion to be brought off the pitch. A final decision will be made at the IFAB’s annual business meeting in December.


A statement released by the IFAB read: “The members recommended further consultation, working with the FIFA medical subdivision and other stakeholders, to facilitate trials to start from January 2021 for any competition that is interested in taking part.

“The Concussion Expert Group [CEG] again emphasised the protection of players is the main goal and that a clear and uniform approach is needed, which can operate effectively at all levels of the game.

“Therefore, the group agreed that applying an ‘if in doubt, take them out’ philosophy would be the best solution to safeguard the health of players.”

This decision comes following some high-profile incidents in recent years and criticisms from how they have been dealt with.

 

For example, the decision to allow former Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Jan Vertonghen, who is now at Portuguese giants Benfica, to return to the pitch during the first-leg of Spurs’ UEFA Champions League semi-final reverse to Ajax at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April 2019 was questioned, while Wales boss Ryan Giggs was blasted by brain injury charity Headway for suggesting that Manchester United winger Daniel James’ decision to stay down on the turf after a head injury was streetwise during Wales’ tussle with Croatia last year.

Should concussion substitutions be introduced by the Premier League it is highly likely that it would be supported by the FA, who have made it their mission to recently champion research into brain injuries.

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1 hour ago, AKCJ said:

Looking forward to seeing how this will be abused.

The French rugby team were the kings of convincing everyone that their head was located on their knee....

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26 minutes ago, Nalis said:

The French rugby team were the kings of convincing everyone that their head was located on their knee....

 

Interesting that you mention rugby.

 

There are precedents for stuff which was set up to care for players being gamed.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Vacamion said:

 

Interesting that you mention rugby.

 

There are precedents for stuff which was set up to care for players being gamed.

 

 

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End up coming across these pics every few years by accident and they seem tonget worse over time. I know it was 11 years ago and technology has improved but its amazing how they think they could have got away with it when it doesnt even look like blood, far too bright ffs haha

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52 minutes ago, Vacamion said:

 

To prevent abuse, if you get a concussion sub, why not make it that the player can't play next game :dunno:

 

12 minutes ago, st albans fox said:

i agree but the argument will be that this encourages players to make light of their head injury …………..

Well, someone with a concussion should miss the next game.

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7 minutes ago, MarriedaLeicesterGirl said:

 

Well, someone with a concussion should miss the next game.

at the moment a confirmed concussion has to miss seven days (often not diagnosed until after the game)

 

if players know that they will miss the next game if they leave the pitch then they will make light of their symptoms and the whole point of the protocol will be missed …..

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2 hours ago, Vacamion said:

 

To prevent abuse, if you get a concussion sub, why not make it that the player can't play next game :dunno:

You can’t punish a player for being concussed lol players will keep pretending they’re fine after collisions. 

 

Imagine missing a cup cup final because ederson smashes through you as per usual

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3 hours ago, Nalis said:

The French rugby team were the kings of convincing everyone that their head was located on their knee....

 

I'll die still angry about The 100 Minute Match. 

 

That said, I still agree with the law. I like @Vacamion idea to an extent but the problem with that is it might lead to a reluctance to take players off or check them if they seem a bit borderline.

 

A mandatory break of X days for failing concussion protocol would definitely be good though. 

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If every player who went down with  a head injury had to go off for a concussion test, you’d have far less players claiming to have just been elbowed in the head to get someone sent off.

it would lso be a lot safer for players.

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On 22/10/2020 at 13:13, Vacamion said:

 

To prevent abuse, if you get a concussion sub, why not make it that the player can't play next game :dunno:

I was thinking compulsory 2 weeks. Look at how quickly our games are coming now. 

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