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Was the health of a footballer put at risk?

Tottenham Football Club has been described as ‘irresponsible’ after allowing their goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, to continuing playing against Everton after he lost consciousness.

Lloris sustained a head injury after colliding with Romelu Lukaku’s knee late on in the game on Sunday.

Tottenham say that Lloris was cleared by the medical staff to continue playing.

However, brain injury charity Headway said that the football club was guilty of an ‘irresponsible and cavalier attitude’.

It initially looked like Lloris would be taken off the pitch on a stretcher after the collision in the 78th minute of the football game. There was a lengthy delay and Brad Friedel was preparing to come on, but Lloris was allowed to stay on by Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Villas-Boas said that Lloris was determined to continue and his decision to allow Lloris to continue was backed by Tottenham’s head of medical services.

But, a Headway spokesperson says that they made the wrong call.

Melanie Lidstone Land, expert personal injury lawyer at Swain & Co Solicitors says, “It is highly probable that an injury following such an event as this would result in concussion. Guidelines from Headway and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) say that people who suffer concussion shouldn’t play any contact sport for at least three weeks. Surely it would have been safer to have withdrawn the player.”

Melanie adds, “Any brain injury should be investigated to assess the extent of damage that may have been caused. In fact, the player underwent a precautionary scan following the game, which luckily gave him to all clear, but it could have been a very different story.”

“As a personal injury lawyer I am acutely aware of the devastating effect that head injuries can cause.”

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