France cleared of any wrongdoing by Uefa over Benjamin Pavard concussion fears after providing evidence he was NOT KOd
FRANCE have been cleared by Uefa over there treatment of Benjamin Pavard after they provided evidence he was NOT knocked out against Germany – despite claiming he was.
The governing body asked the French Football Federation to explain why the Bayern Munich defender was able to stay on the field after a heavy blow to his head.
Concerns were raised further when Pavard gave an interview following the 1-0 victory where he said he had lost consciousness for 10-15 seconds.
But Uefa say they have now seen information that the French medics acted within protocols aimed at protecting the welfare of the players.
A statement said: “UEFA has received detailed information from the French FA medical team on the course of events and is satisfied that the actions taken by the medical team were in line with the concussion protocol.
“According to the reports that we received from the team doctor, it seems that a loss of consciousness did not occur.
“The team doctor did not find any reason to suspect a concussion either on the pitch or after thorough assessment made by a renowned specialist in this field in later follow-up.
“The player will nevertheless continue to be closely monitored over the coming days.
“All 24 teams committed to follow the recommendations of the UEFA Concussion Charter before the start of the tournament and the responsibility for decision-making remains with the team doctor.
"If the team doctor has any doubts about unconsciousness or signs of concussion, he should remove the player from the field.
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“The team doctor is the ONLY person who can take the decision for the player to stay on the pitch or be substituted.
“The team doctor's decision must always be respected, even if the player or the coach believes that the player is fit to continue.”
Pavard was able to train the day after the match and is now expected to be available for France’s remaining Group F fixtures.
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