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Thursday, 2 May 2019

'Irresponsible, disgusting, pathetic': Football's concussion failure


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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will back potential changes to the concussion protocols after defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a serious head injury against Ajax Amsterdam.

The incident drew criticism worldwide after Vertonghen was allowed to return to the pitch after colliding with teammate Toby Alderweireld while trying to beat Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to the ball during Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg.

After speaking to the Spurs medical staff, Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz allowed Vertonghen to return to the pitch, before what appeared to be a delayed concussion forced the 32-year-old to go off again.

"He's clearly feeling dizzy," commentators observed when Vertonghen came off the field after being initially allowed to play on after the clash.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino assists Jan Vertonghen after an injury

"He's not right. You can't take any chances with a head injury.

"He's in a really bad way. This is a delayed concussion here."

Former Major League Soccer star turned football commentator Taylor Twellman was forced to retire after suffering multiple concussions during his playing career.

He was disturbed by the way the Vertonghen incident was handled.

"I got sick to my stomach," Twellman told CNN.

"Hopefully no-one has to die.

https://twitter.com/SmnLlyd5/status/1123317380376137734

"With the amount of education and awareness that we have regarding traumatic brain injuries, that in the sport of football around the world, where Vertonghen is put back onto the field and within 30 seconds, he looks wobbly, looks like he's going to faint, it's irresponsible, it's disgusting, and quite honestly it's pathetic that we're still having this conversation in 2019."

FIFPro's chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge said football need to adapt their current protocol when it comes to concussion, calling the current assessments 'ridiculous'.

"The problem is you need at least 10 minutes to apply properly this assessment tool and in football the medical team is given only three minutes to complete it," Dr Gouttebarge told Sky Sports News.

"This is a ridiculous measure with regard to the 10 minutes needed to thoroughly apply the tool and the protocol available.

"We know from a scientific point of view that the first set of questions in the tool in isolation, as they are used in football, are not valid to identify concussion."

"With regard to yesterday's event, we have to be cautious of blaming the medical team for every concussion because it is not easy.

"We need to facilitate the medical team in this exercise. The three minutes given to the medical team to make an on-field assessment of the concussion is just ridiculous."

https://twitter.com/FIFPro/status/1123641336421335040https://twitter.com/VGouttebarge/status/1123315600372260865

Pochettino defended the club's medical staff, saying player welfare remains a top priority for the club.

"Always in that situation I am open, more than open, to improve the decisions. I think the most important thing was going to be the health of the player," the Argentine manager told a news conference on Thursday.

"It is not important, the game, the semi-final of the Champions League, the score, the priority is the player," Pochettino added.

"I don't know if we need to change the rules, if we need another doctor."

https://twitter.com/JanVertonghen/status/1123642339526959104

Vertonghen saw an independent neurologist later on Thursday who says he did not suffer a concussion in the game.

However, the Belgian international has been advised to rest making him unlikely to play in the Premier League game at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Lionel Messi's devastating double put Barcelona on the verge of the Champions League final after a 3-0 home win over Liverpool on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/TaylorTwellman/status/1123405884963655681

Inspired by Messi's heroics at the Nou Camp, Pochettino said Spurs will need to match the Barcelona forward's desire on the pitch if they to overturn a 1-0 deficit in Amsterdam on Wednesday and reach their first-ever Champions League final.

"It's so painful when in the same semi-final you watch Messi play with the desire and motivation, and say 'why did we not feel the same?'," Pochettino said.

"If we play like him without the ball, with the desire he showed yesterday, for sure we are going to have the chance to qualify for the final. If not, no chance."

- with AAP

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will back potential changes to the concussion protocols after defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a serious head injury against Ajax Amsterdam.

The incident drew criticism worldwide after Vertonghen was allowed to return to the pitch after colliding with teammate Toby Alderweireld while trying to beat Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to the ball during Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg.

After speaking to the Spurs medical staff, Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz allowed Vertonghen to return to the pitch, before what appeared to be a delayed concussion forced the 32-year-old to go off again.

"He's clearly feeling dizzy," commentators observed when Vertonghen came off the field after being initially allowed to play on after the clash.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino assists Jan Vertonghen after an injury

"He's not right. You can't take any chances with a head injury.

"He's in a really bad way. This is a delayed concussion here."

Former Major League Soccer star turned football commentator Taylor Twellman was forced to retire after suffering multiple concussions during his playing career.

He was disturbed by the way the Vertonghen incident was handled.

"I got sick to my stomach," Twellman told CNN.

"Hopefully no-one has to die.

https://twitter.com/SmnLlyd5/status/1123317380376137734

"With the amount of education and awareness that we have regarding traumatic brain injuries, that in the sport of football around the world, where Vertonghen is put back onto the field and within 30 seconds, he looks wobbly, looks like he's going to faint, it's irresponsible, it's disgusting, and quite honestly it's pathetic that we're still having this conversation in 2019."

FIFPro's chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge said football need to adapt their current protocol when it comes to concussion, calling the current assessments 'ridiculous'.

"The problem is you need at least 10 minutes to apply properly this assessment tool and in football the medical team is given only three minutes to complete it," Dr Gouttebarge told Sky Sports News.

"This is a ridiculous measure with regard to the 10 minutes needed to thoroughly apply the tool and the protocol available.

"We know from a scientific point of view that the first set of questions in the tool in isolation, as they are used in football, are not valid to identify concussion."

"With regard to yesterday's event, we have to be cautious of blaming the medical team for every concussion because it is not easy.

"We need to facilitate the medical team in this exercise. The three minutes given to the medical team to make an on-field assessment of the concussion is just ridiculous."

https://twitter.com/FIFPro/status/1123641336421335040https://twitter.com/VGouttebarge/status/1123315600372260865

Pochettino defended the club's medical staff, saying player welfare remains a top priority for the club.

"Always in that situation I am open, more than open, to improve the decisions. I think the most important thing was going to be the health of the player," the Argentine manager told a news conference on Thursday.

"It is not important, the game, the semi-final of the Champions League, the score, the priority is the player," Pochettino added.

"I don't know if we need to change the rules, if we need another doctor."

https://twitter.com/JanVertonghen/status/1123642339526959104

Vertonghen saw an independent neurologist later on Thursday who says he did not suffer a concussion in the game.

However, the Belgian international has been advised to rest making him unlikely to play in the Premier League game at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Lionel Messi's devastating double put Barcelona on the verge of the Champions League final after a 3-0 home win over Liverpool on Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/TaylorTwellman/status/1123405884963655681

Inspired by Messi's heroics at the Nou Camp, Pochettino said Spurs will need to match the Barcelona forward's desire on the pitch if they to overturn a 1-0 deficit in Amsterdam on Wednesday and reach their first-ever Champions League final.

"It's so painful when in the same semi-final you watch Messi play with the desire and motivation, and say 'why did we not feel the same?'," Pochettino said.

"If we play like him without the ball, with the desire he showed yesterday, for sure we are going to have the chance to qualify for the final. If not, no chance."

- with AAP

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