Tottenham Hotspur have been branded irresponsible after goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was allowed to play on against Everton despite suffering a head injury and briefly losing consciousness, Sky
Lloris was involved in a collision with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku with Lukaku’s knee striking Lloris in the head. After a lengthy delay for Lloris to receive treatment he insisted on staying on the pitch despite substitute goalkeeper Brad Friedel waiting on the sidelines to come on in his place.
Andre Villas-Boas revealed after the match – which finished as a goalless draw – that it was his decision to allow Lloris to remain on the field as the France international was “composed”. But Villas-Boas has been criticised by brain injury charity Headway, who described Spurs’ attitude to Lloris’ injury as “cavalier”.
“We are hugely concerned that a professional football club should take such an irresponsible and cavalier attitude to a player’s health,” spokesman Luke Griggs said. “When a player – or any individual – suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention.
“ By continuing to play, the player may have caused greater damage to his brain. He should have been removed from the game immediately and taken to hospital for thorough tests and observation.
“You are not a hero if you play on after suffering a concussion; all you are doing is risking your health. Football has to react to this and bring in stricter measures to ensure no similar risks are taken in the future.”
Lloris was called into action a few times after the incident but was able to prevent Everton taking the lead as the game petered out. If either side had claimed three points they would have moved to second place in the Premier League table; as it is they are seventh and fourth respectively.
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