Benjamin Pavard: UEFA contacts the French football association after the elimination of the defender

Benjamin Pavard collided with German Robin Gosens in the 58th minute

UEFA has contacted the French Football Federation to find out why Frenchman Benjamin Pavard continued to play against Germany at Euro 2020 despite a brief loss of consciousness.

The 25-year-old Bayern Munich defender collided with Germany’s Robin Gosens in the second half of France’s 1-0 win.

Pavard said: “I took quite a shock. I was a bit stunned for 10 to 15 seconds. After that it got better.”

UEFA wants to know what happened and if the protocols were followed.

Prior to Euro 2020, all teams, including medics, had agreed to a concussion charter stating: “We confirm that if a player on our team is suspected of having suffered a concussion, he will be immediately taken off the pitch whether in training or in matches. play. “

World players’ union Fifpro said it was in contact with UEFA “to find out why the concussion charter has not been applied”.

Brain Headway Association said the handling of the incident was “disgusting to watch” and called on UEFA to “immediately explain how this was allowed to happen and what steps it would take to ensure that something similar will not happen again in the future “.

Fifpro called on football to use temporary substitutes for concussions so players can be replaced while they are being assessed for head injuries.

Trials for concussion substitutes, which do not allow a player to be replaced while they are being evaluated but offer additional permanent substitutes, have taken place this season in England and other countries.

But UEFA does not perform a test at the European Championship, having used it in a recent Under-21 tournament.

Questions about player well-being have risen after Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opener against Finland on Saturday.

Headway chief executive Peter McCabe added: “This is yet another example of football authorities’ failure to protect a player’s short and long term health.

“It was clear to all that Pavard was unable to protect himself from the fall. Pavard’s subsequent declaration that he lost consciousness confirms the seriousness of the incident.

“We were continually told that football’s concussion protocols were adequate and that temporary concussion substitutes were not needed.

“But here we have yet another example where it just isn’t credible to suggest that a concussion cannot be ‘suspected’ or a possible consequence of the impact.”

UEFA to review homophobic banner in Hungary-Portugal match

Meanwhile, UEFA also received a report of a homophobic banner during Tuesday’s Euro 2020 game between Hungary and Portugal.

Images of the flag circulated on social networks, before being recovered by the anti-discrimination group Fare.

Fare also slammed Hungary for boos from the Republic of Ireland team for taking the knee – as an anti-racist gesture – during a pre-tournament friendly match in Budapest on June 8.

Hungary’s parliament on Tuesday passed a law banning the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid fierce criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.

Neither the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) nor UEFA responded to a request for comment.


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