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The row over concussion substitutes at Euro 2020 has been reignited after Benjamin Pavard revealed he was knocked out for 10-15 seconds during France’s win over Germany.
Didier Deschamps’ side got their campaign off to the perfect start, winning in Munich to give them a real chance of progressing from the ‘Group of Death’.
Mats Hummels scored an own goal in the first half as the tournament favourites made their credentials clear with an efficient performance.
Les Bleus could have scored more after the break, but were also forced to defend a German onslaught, with countless balls thrown into the box.
Benjamin Pavard has admitted the clash with Robin Gosens knocked him out
One of those saw Pavard bravely head a cross away under intense pressure from defender Robin Gosens.
France were awarded a free-kick following Gosens’ clumsy challenge and replays appeared to show Pavard lose consciousness as he hit the turf.
However, after receiving treatment from physios, the Bayern Munich defender was allowed to continue and completed the match.
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Speaking in the aftermath of their 1-0 win, Pavard has admitted that the blow saw him briefly knocked out.
"I took a real shock,” Pavard explained. "I was a little knocked out for ten, 15 seconds."
The Premier League introduced concussion subs for the second half of last season, in the wake of Raul Jimenez’s sickening skull fracture.
Jimenez missed almost the entire season after a horrific clash of heads with David Luiz during their game vs Arsenal.
At this tournament however, there is no such option for managers, although they have been given the option to make five changes in three different windows.
Following on from Christian Eriksen’s distressing collapse on Saturday, the focus on player safety has been heightened and former Premier League striker Chris Sutton has hit out at UEFA.
He wrote: "When will the footballing authorities actually put the players’ health first?
Pavard was allowed to continue after receiving treatment
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"It’s not difficult. Temporary concussion substitutes need to be implemented right away.
"Get the player off to be checked by an independent doctor. Put a substitute on. If the player is OK, put him back on."
Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamman followed a similar train of thought, urging the governing body to change the rules as soon as possible.
"They have to act, it's not enough,” the ex-German international told RTE.
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"What's happening at the moment is not enough, because he shouldn't have been allowed to carry on a minute after these two heavy hits on the head."
Earlier this week, the 24 teams competing at this summer’s championships agreed to a concussion charter which commits them to taking measures to improve the care of players/
The players’ union FifPro has called for a “world-class concussion protocol’, that would mean affected individuals would be given a minimum six-day gradual return to play and pilot temporary concussion substitutes.