Iran eventually subbed off their goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand in today’s World Cup opener against England, despite playing on for a few minutes with what was quite clearly a broken nose.
Having suffered a nasty injury in a clash of heads, the Iran ‘keeper should surely have been taken off straight away, but perhaps keen to stay on the pitch in this big game in the biggest football competition in the world, he stayed on…
It’s a concern, however, that this wasn’t dealt with better, as we don’t want to see footballers putting themselves at risk with serious head injuries.
Leading Australian sports doctor Peter Larkins has hit out at FIFA, accusing soccer’s governing body of caring more about “LGBQTI protest(s) than athlete brain health.”
His damning tweet came after Iran’s match against England was suspended for 10 minutes when Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was flattened by one of his own players.
The sickening head clash has since landed him in hospital.
Beiranvand was allowed to play on but appeared visibly disoriented with blood coming from his nose.
He was subtituted a minute later.
“How was Iranian goalkeeper Beiranvand allowed to play on after massive head clash/ concussion with teammate,” Larkins tweeted on Tuesday.
“FIFA more concerned about LGBQTI protest than athlete brain health?
“Sends poor message to the world — FIFA was major supporter at recent Amsterdam world concussion meeting.”