Because of Leeds’ Robin Koch’s continued participation in Sunday’s match against Manchester United, the Professional Footballers’ Association has once again argued for the adoption of temporary substitutes for head injuries.
While Koch had blood on his face after a Scott McTominay tackle, he returned to the pitch with his head bandaged before falling to the ground again and being removed off the field.
Players who suffer suspected concussions are required to be taken off the field promptly, and additional permanent substitutes are permitted in such circumstances.
The PFA, on the other hand, feels that players should be replaced temporarily in order to be studied thoroughly before a judgment is made on whether or not they should return to play.
The organization said in a thread on Twitter: “The injury to Leeds United’s Robin Koch demonstrates again that the current concussion protocols within football are failing to prioritize player safety.
— Professional Footballers’ Association (@PFA) February 21, 2022
“The ‘if in doubt, sit them out’ protocol is not being applied consistently within the pressurized environment of elite competitive football.
“We see frequent incidents of players returning to play with a potential brain injury, only to be removed shortly afterwards once symptoms visibly worsen.
“As the representative voice of players in England, we have been clear to TheIFA that we want to see the introduction of temporary concussion substitutes.
“Temporary concussion substitutes will allow medical teams additional time and an appropriate environment to make an initial assessment.
“Introducing temporary substitutes would allow a match to restart with neither side numerically disadvantaged, reducing pressure on players and medical teams to make quick decisions on whether an injured player continues.
“Put simply, the current rules set by TheIFAB are not working, and players are being put at risk.”
Pundit Chris Sutton, whose father Mike – a former professional footballer – died from dementia in 2020, wrote on Twitter: “Football doesn’t care about its players. What needs to happen before the concussion procedure changes?”
Football doesn’t care about it’s players. What needs to happen to a player before the concussion procedure changes?
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) February 20, 2022