There has been an increased focus on head injuries and the lack of concussion protocol at this World Cup. With Javier Mascherano of Argentina and Alvaro Pereira of Uruguay both continuing after suffering head injuries and looking disoriented. In the latest incident, Christoph Kramer of Germany was knocked out of the World Cup with a head injury after a nasty collision with Ezequiel Garay of Argentina. The question is what should FIFA do about it? Should they give teams an extra subsitute? Would teams abuse that and how can FIFA stop them from abusing it? Here are some of the reactions on Twitter to Kramer’s head injury and substitution from the match:
Those who say it should be the players' decision to play through concussions should take a look at Christoph Kramer's face there. Nobody home.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 13, 2014
Agree RT @GrantWahl: 3 horrible mishandlings of head injuries in this tournament. Kramer only the latest.
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) July 13, 2014
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 13, 2014
By not having a head injury protocol, FIFA put Kramer's career–and life–in danger. Second impacts kill: http://t.co/s2NTom0qxT
— John Green (@sportswithjohn) July 13, 2014
It will get lost in the size of the day but Kramer playing on after that hit is emblematic of a problem that MUST be addressed by FIFA.
— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) July 13, 2014
FIFA, get your act together, I pray that Kramer will be ok. Head injuries are serious matters, maybe even a free sub rule for this injury?
— Austin Blues (@ChelseaFCAustin) July 13, 2014
Kramer should've been taken off immediately after that clatter. Not given smelling salts and thrown back on. Chap was all over the place.
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) July 13, 2014
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