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Concussion isn't taken seriously, charity says after Ospina incident


Scary moment: David Ospina
Scary moment: David Ospina

By Sam Lewis

Football has been accused of failing to take concussion seriously by a brain injury charity after Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina collapsed during a match on Sunday.

Ospina, on loan from Arsenal, fell to the turf in the Serie A game with Udinese having earlier suffered a head injury during a clash with Ignacio Pussetto.

The incident involving the Colombia international, who has since been discharged from hospital and given the all clear, came after Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes was temporarily allowed to continue in last Wednesday's Champions League game against Barcelona after being injured when he dived at the feet of Philippe Coutinho.

The charity Headway, which works to improve life after brain injuries, has expressed dismay and believes Fifa protocols are not being followed.

"We are deeply shocked and appalled at these latest examples of concussion protocols not being followed in football," said Headway chief executive Peter McCabe. "David Ospina's treatment is particularly concerning and highlights why we've always called for an 'if in doubt, sit it out' approach to concussion.

"Fifa's protocols clearly state that if concussion is suspected, the player should be removed and not allowed to return.

"This is to not only protect from a secondary blow, which could exacerbate the injury, but to recognise the often delayed presentation of symptoms.

"Both players have been badly let down and left unprotected by football's failure to take concussion seriously. There's a real fear that it will take a catastrophic injury to a high-profile player before any real change in attitudes is forthcoming."

Fifa have been asked to comment.

The club, meanwhile, announced the 30-year-old was set for some rest and would not be joining up with his country.

A statement said: "The player has been advised a few days off and will not respond to the call-up of his national team."

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