Ex-Fifa official: Premier League putting Man City stars at risk as controversial Aymeric Laporte footage emerges
The Premier League need to change their processes over concussions substitutes after Aymeric Laporte was treated for a head injury on the pitch as Man City lost 2-1 to Brentford on Saturday (12 November).
That is the view of ex-Fifa and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the game was delayed by seven minutes.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme, blood was drawn from Laporte’s head when he caught the flailing elbow of Ethan Pinnock.
The referee did not escort him off the pitch for treatment and therefore the game was delayed for an extended period.
“I don’t think the Premier League has got this one right in the main,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“I worry about two things. First of all, let’s say that this player is concussed and knocked out then what has got to happen is he’s got to be placed on a stretcher with a neck brace and he’s got to have oxygen. That’s the clear process.
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“There’s also got to be a doctor and a senior paramedic. The Premier League provide that at these games to make an assessment.
“In this situation, they are more medically qualified than I am but we’ve also got to think of the other players.
“We’re in the colder months and standing around for seven minutes can impact on hamstrings, muscles and all that goes with it.
“I think this is an off-field agreement that the clubs have got to come to with the Premier League to revisit their procedures and processes in regard to head injuries.
“Part of that process is the match referees because I’m concerned.”