FIFA’s Absolute Joke Of A Concussion Protocol Got Exposed, Again

Bryan Brandom
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American football has something in common with the sport most English-speaking nations call football.

Soccer’s governing body also doesn’t give two s—s about the health of its players.

Four years ago, German midfielder Christoph Kramer suffered this blow to the head in the World Cup final.

He was allowed to play for another 14 minutes before leaving the pitch, physically unable to continue.

“I don’t know anything from the first half,” Kramer said. “How I got to the changing rooms I do not know.”

Then FIFA instituted an updated concussion protocol.

Which would be great if they ever enforced it.

FIFA’s concussion protocol is still a joke

In group play at the 2018 World Cup, Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat suffered this terrifying blow to the head.

Morocco’s doctors treated him with the tried-and-true remedy of slapping him in the face and squirting him with water.

Under the new concussion protocol, a player needs to wait at least six days before seeing the pitch again.

Amrabat played against Portugal five days later, despite his reporting memory loss.

Morocco’s punishment? A phone call from the chairman of FIFA’s medical committee.

That’s it.

No wonder France brazenly skirted the protocol on Tuesday during the side’s semifinal win over Belgium.

After a collision with Eden Hazard, Blaise Matuidi wasn’t examined by France’s doctors for two minutes before he retook the pitch.

Matuidi left the field for 15 seconds before returning. A minute after that, he collapsed.

The team and FIFA put the midfielder’s well-being in danger. And neither group seems to mind.