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Chairman of Fifa medical committee steps into Fabian Schar controversy

3 years ago

Fabian Scar is suspended for Newcastle’s visit to Arsenal on Monday night.

It might not be the worst coincidence as it puts some extra distance to the Switzerland match eight days ago.

The Newcastle defender knocked unconscious but then allowed to play on, Schar creating the two Swiss goals that beat Georgia.

When there was subsequent uproar that he had been allowed to keep on playing, Fabian Schar was then belatedly blocked from playing in the 3-3 draw against Denmark a few days later.

Now, the Chairman of the FIFA medical committee, Michel d’Hooghe, has added his piece to the debate.

He says that all of ‘the advice from all eminent neurologists’ is that Fabian Schar should not have been allowed to continue playing in that Georgia game. Adding ‘I am totally against what seems to have happened in this case.’

D’Hooghe appears to suggest that the problem came with this being a UEFA rather than FIFA tournament, indicating that FIFA rules would have meant Fabian Schar would have automatically had to be subbed.

Michel d’Hooghe, chairman of the Fifa medical committee, quoted by The Mail:

“When a player is unconscious he should immediately be removed from the pitch and should not return.

“This is very clear.

“This is the advice from all eminent neurologists.

“I am totally against what seems to have happened in this case.

“If the player says he can’t remember anything about it, that’s already an argument not to allow him to continue.

“But of course, this was not a Fifa competition.

“I cannot judge if the team doctor was right or wrong because I wasn’t there but you should never underestimate concussion.

“You have to be very, very, very careful.”

The Fabian Schar response last weekend after Blick showed him footage of Georgian player Jano Ananidze reacting quickly and getting his tongue out of his throat:

“That looks awesome.

“I can’t remember anything.

“I was knocked out for a few seconds.

“My skull is still buzzing.

“I also have neck pain and a bump on the forehead.

“But it was worth it.”


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