CONCUSSION charity Headway has condemned Ryan Giggs and Daniel James’ handling of a potentially serious head injury as “shocking”.
Fans were left worrying for the winger’s health when he suffered a blow to the head from a challenge with Domagoj Vida in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Croatia on Sunday.
James was left sprawled out across the turf as physios rushed to attend to him but played on after treatment and the necessary tests.
However coach Giggs drew further questions of his player when suggesting he was “acting” – with James himself confirming he had been hit on the head.
Concussion in football is increasingly in the spotlight amid a growing case study of worrying instances in the game.
Ryan Mason was forced to retire when a horrific accidental clash with Gary Cahill in 2017 fractured his skull, and the former Tottenham player tweeted his astoundment that James was allowed to play on in Cardiff.
Now, brain injury charity Headway have stated their unhappiness with how Manchester United star James and Wales boss Giggs conducted themselves.
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway told Sun Sport: “Like most people watching the footage of the incident, our immediate concern was for the player’s health.
Giggs’ claim that the player was being ‘streetwise’ by staying down and appearing to have been knocked out is shocking.
“As soon as the incident occurred, he was attended to by the medics who then determined that he was fit to continue.
“Although it is argued that concussion protocols were followed, the rules state that if a concussion is suspected a player must be removed from the game.
“To all watching, it appeared that Daniel James lost consciousness. Regardless of his manager’s comments after the game, this in itself must surely have given enough reason to take a cautious approach.
“However, Ryan Giggs’ claim that the player was being ‘streetwise’ by staying down and appearing to have been knocked out is shocking.
“If that is the case and James was ‘acting’, it raises serious questions about the player’s understanding of the seriousness of concussion.
“Not only has he put his own medical team under intense and unfair scrutiny, but he’s also set a dangerous example for the millions watching at home.”
Referees have to stop play if a suspected head injury has occurred and Headway are concerned the necessary rule is open to abuse.
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The idea that such a serious problem would be manipulated to gain an advantage is a real issue across football that experts want quashed immediately.
Mr McCabe added: “Similarly, we have serious concerns about terms like ‘streetwise’ or that the player was ‘just using his nous’.
“It is simply not acceptable for teams to use concussion protocols for tactical gain.”
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