Allowing Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand to carry on after clashing heads with a teammate of their World Cup opener in opposition to England was an “utter shame”, in accordance to mind damage charity Headway.
Beiranvand tipped away a cross however instantly collided with Majid Hosseini, ensuing within the goalkeeper requiring therapy from the nationwide crew’s medical workers for a number of minutes on the pitch.
Despite the truth that Beiranvand had a bloody nostril – and clothes – and seemed disoriented, he was allowed to carry on. Moments after the restart, nonetheless, the goalkeeper sank to the turf and signaled to the bench that he wanted to get replaced, with Hossein Hosseini belatedly changing him.
Luke Griggs, Headway’s interim chief government, was shocked by what he witnessed. He stated in an announcement issued to PA Media: “It is an utter shame that the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was allowed to keep on the pitch. It was irrelevant that he got here off a minute later, he should not have stayed on for a second, not to mention a minute. He was clearly distressed and unfit to proceed, this appears to be one other case of the choice being made by the participant and never the medical workers. This was the primary check of the Fifa World Cup concussion protocol and it was an abject failure.”
The Professional Footballers’ Association added: “We have seen a transparent instance, on the world’s largest stage, of the present concussion protocols not being utilized below match strain.”
Team docs have the ultimate duty to determine if a participant is match to proceed or not. The docs of all 32 competing nations attended a seminar in Qatar, the place they labored via Fifa’s concussion protocols.