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Premier League Is Disappointed Over Rejection Of Temporary Concussion Sub




The Premier League is not happy that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) rejected the proposed trial of temporary concussion Substitution.

IFAB, the lawmaking arm of FIFA, rejected the proposal at its annual conference in London last weekend.

Ahead of the conference, the Professional Footballers’ Association, the Premier League, and English club doctors wrote separate letters to IFAB requesting the trial.

But their request was thrown out which means that players who suffer suspected concussions or brain damage during a football match can only be permanently substituted.

The decision to forgo the trial, according to Fifa President Gianni Infantino, was made to put player safety first and ensure that there would be “zero danger” in such situations.

Also, the FIFA president claimed that doing two trials simultaneously would not provide sufficient data to draw meaningful conclusions.

However, in a statement the Premier League released on Monday, the football body described the rejection as a disappointment.

The statement read, “We cannot understand the basis for which it has not been approved.

“We are disappointed that a temporary concussion substitute trial was not approved considering all available scientific evidence and the overwhelming support from Premier League club doctors.

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“While we note that a trial has not been dismissed, we remain convinced it should go ahead at the earliest possible opportunity in the interests of player welfare.”