CHRIS SUTTON: Football needs to wise up…David Luiz playing on after sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez shows that concussion subs need to come in NOW
- Raul Jimenez and David Luiz had a horrifying clash of heads on Sunday night
- The Wolves striker was taken to hospital while Luiz ended up playing on
- This incident proves that concussion substitutions need to come into place
What a shambles. How uncomfortable was it watching David Luiz play on after such a sickening clash of heads with Raul Jimenez?
That happened inside the first five minutes. The fact he was then removed at half-time told us everything we needed to know about player welfare in the Premier League. The impact resulted in Jimenez being put on a stretcher and taken to hospital. Luiz was hit with the same force, yet he was allowed to continue.
Arsenal staff no doubt asked the Brazilian: ‘You OK? How many fingers am I holding up?’ Then they taped him up and practically said: ‘Off you pop.’
There was a lot of concern for Raul Jimenez and David Luiz after their clash of heads
The Wolves striker came off worse and was taken to hospital after the horrifying incident
For the rest of the half, we saw blood seeping through Luiz’s bandages. It was grotesque and emphasised how flimsy the concussion guidelines are.
Of course, Luiz said he was fine to continue. Footballers don’t want to let their team-mates down. But they need saving from themselves.
I am amazed that David Luiz played on and then came off at half-time after the clash of heads
After an impact such as this, Luiz should have been taken off the pitch to be assessed, at the very least.
If concussion substitutes were allowed in the Premier League, Arsenal’s medical department could have had Luiz checked properly by a doctor. If, after a full assessment in private, Luiz had passed with flying colours, he could have continued. I’m assuming he didn’t pass a test at half-time, given he was hooked by Mikel Arteta. It’s time football wised up.
As Dr Willie Stewart tweeted on Sunday night: ‘IFAB (the game’s lawmakers) decided this week the answer was an extra sub on the bench. Arsenal-Wolves demonstrates why that is no solution at all.’