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Football: New concussion rules for Premier League

Published on Aug 5, 2014 11:59 PM
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris attending a training session in France in May ahead of this year's World Cup. Concussion became a hot topic last season after the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper continued playing after appearing to momentarily lose consciousness during a game at Everton last November. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Players suspected of having lost consciousness during Premier League games will be compulsorily substituted under new rules concerning concussion published by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday.

After a number of cases last season and at the World Cup when players continued to play after taking heavy blows to the head, the FA has tightened up its procedures in order to reduce the risk of concussion.

The new guidelines state: “If there has been a confirmed or suspected period of loss of consciousness, the player must be removed from the field of play, and not be allowed to return.

“If there is any doubt as to the course of events, elucidation may be sought from officials or other players. In the event that there is video replay available pitch-side or in the players’ tunnel, this could be used to clarify the course of events.

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