Rangers news: Rule change demanded after Aribo footage - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

7th May, 2022 | 10:00am

Rangers news: Pundit calls for rule change as Joe Aribo footage analysed at Ibrox

Noel Whelan has called for the introduction of concussion substitutes in European competitions after Joe Aribo was forced off for Rangers against RB Leipzig.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker insisted head injuries are a “serious issue that need addressing.

Aribo, 25, was brought off before halftime at Ibrox on Thursday (5 May) after a Leipzig player’s shot hit him square in the face from close range.

As seen during BT Sports’ coverage of the game, Aribo fell to the ground immediately as medical staff quickly rushed to his aid.

While concussion substitutes have been trialled in the English Premier League this season, the same protocol is not in place for European competitions.

Whelan insisted there needs to be a change in the rules to help further protect players.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think there should be a concussion substitution. When it’s something as serious as that, I think there could be a free substitute. Someone that comes on for him.

“I don’t think there’s any harm in that. It’s down to a player’s health and safety. You shouldn’t be under pressure to use a substitution when it is forced by something as serious as this.

“There should be a protocol now for a concussion, where it’s a free change. It shouldn’t impact your number of substitutions. The health and safety of the player is paramount. It comes first all the time.

“There’s a case to say when there’s something as serious as this and it’s a head injury and a concussion injury, there’s a free substitution involved.

“I think that’s something that maybe they’ll look at and take into consideration. I don’t think it would harm the game at all. It’d be a sensible decision if they did bring that in.”

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