UEFA said Thursday that French defender Benjamin Pavard had “not lost consciousness” when he fell on his head in his team’s Euro 2020 victory over Germany.
Pavard said he was “knocked out a bit for 10 to 15 seconds” after challenging the ball with Robin Gosens in France’s 1-0 win on Tuesday.
But UEFA said the report it received from the France team doctor suggested this was not the case.
“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 are in accordance with the concussion protocol,” said the body. European football leader in a statement.
“From the reports we received from the team doctor, it appears that there was no loss of consciousness. “
World footballers union FIFPro had asked UEFA why Pavard was allowed to play when he said he had been eliminated.
The 25-year-old was hit in the head by Gosens knee before falling, his head bouncing against the grass, but he ended the game.
“We had confirmation from the France team that he did not have a concussion,” Euro organizing director Martin Kallen told reporters.
Pavard had a video call exam with a neurologist on Wednesday, and sources said the check ruled out possible brain damage.
“The player will nevertheless continue to be closely watched over the next few days,” added UEFA.
The 24 European Championship teams have signed a “concussion charter” designed to improve the care of players during matches.
The charter states that players must be immediately removed from the field if they are suspected of having suffered a concussion.
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