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Concussion during Barcelona-Lyon game shows that FIFA needs stronger protocols



Anthony Lopes suffered from vomiting, loss of consciousness, and memory loss after the match Lyon?s goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, suffered a concussion during Barcelona?s 5-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais yesterday. In the 20th minute of the match, Philippe Coutinho struck the ball from close range. Lopes, diving in to challenge, took the full force of the shot from point-blank range directly to his face. His head and shoulder then struck the pitch. He rolled around a bit and writhed in pain, before splaying his body. Then he looked like he may have temporarily lost consciousness. The referee correctly stopped the match.
A teammate approached and attempted to wake him up with a light slap. The keeper moved again after a few seconds. His replacement started to warm up. But five minutes after the incident, he was being helped to his feet. He seemed to tell the team doctors not to substitute him. Despite the injury, he was allowed to continue for 9 more minutes. During that time, he was able to pull off a good save. But cameras caught him having trouble focusing, and apparently wincing in pain. He was on the verge of tears as he was substituted off.
FIFPRO has come out with a statement of concern about the incident. ?We are concerned that while [protection against concussion] procedures are successfully employed in multiple sports they have not been adopted by professional football,? the organization said.
UEFA protocols dictate that the referee should stop play in case of a...
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