Concussion Substitutions Planned from 2021, Says UEFA

A rule permitting additional substitutions for players who have suffered concussion could be introduced by 2021, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said.

UEFA requested a review of the current concussion protocol in May, asking FIFA and IFAB to consider changes to football’s laws in an effort to stop concussed players returning to the pitch to reduce pressure on medical staff and doctors.

UEFA’s current concussion procedure states that the referee must stop the game in the case of a suspected concussion, but gives only three minutes for medical staff to determine whether or not a player is fit to continue.

This differs from the FA’s guidelines, which state that a player may not play on if there is any suspicion of concussion.

FIFPro, the worldwide organisation representing professional players, also put its weight behind a rule change after Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen was allowed to return to play following a head injury before it became clear he could not continue.

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