From January 2021 the Premier League hopes to introduce a permanent concussion trial.
Premier League clubs voted to introduce permanent concussion substitutes, allowing two per game.
In a videoconference meeting chaired by Jonathan Ford (IFAB Director and Football Association of Wales Chief Executive), the IFAB was able to confirm that these new protocols would be implemented, on a trial basis.
Following the second meeting, in October 2020 the Concussion Expert Group (CEG) emphasised that:
“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.”
“The group agreed that applying an “if in doubt, take them out” philosophy would be the best solution to safeguard the health of football players”
However, clubs have still voted against five substitutions for the third time. Rather, the number of substitutions allowed on the bench has extended from seven to nine.
There have been rising concerns surrounding the concussion protocols in football.
Most recently, Wolves footballer Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull after a sickening clash with Arsenal player David Luiz.
The defender was rushed to the hospital and undertook surgery following the incident. However, Luiz was substituted at half time due to the bleeding of his wound.
On Match of the Day Two, Alan Shearer, Mark Chapman, and Jermaine Jenas discussed the situation surrounding concussions in football.
Alan Shearer believed that the lack of protective protocols in football for head injuries has gone on too long.
“We’re talking about life or death here; player’s careers ending, it’s just not acceptable”
Other sports including, Cricket, Rugby League, and NFL have had concussion and head injury protocols in place for many years.
Critics fail to understand why governing bodies for football have been slow in creating appropriate protocols for head injuries.
Additionally, Jenas stated:
“It shouldn’t be a football thing it should be a sport thing”
“For the correct protocols to not be in our sport when they are in every other sport makes no sense to me.”
“Like Al (Alan) said what are we waiting for? We’re waiting for something really bad to happen… it has already happened.”
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