After seeing what happened to their defender in the weekend’s clash between Georgia and Switzerland, Newcastle fans were relieved beyond belief when Fabian Schar sat out of his countries second UEFA European qualifier last night against Denmark. The Newcastle man was knocked out cold against Georgia, and despite the Magpies’ horror, he played on.
Newcastle United and Switzerland FA have made a joint decision to withdraw Fabian Schar from the game with Denmark this week following head injury on Saturday #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) March 25, 2019
Be it a World Cup final or a Sunday league clash down the local park, football needs to start taking head injuries more seriously. The fact that in a competitive international clash a football was knocked out cold and required medical attention but was then allowed to continue is a farce and the news that he now won’t be playing against Denmark is at least a small step in the right direction.
Whether or not the defender will be ready and available to play for Newcastle against Arsenal on Monday Night Football next week is still up for debate, but the Geordies aren’t going to put any pressure on the defender to feature. Loads of Magpies will be hoping he features, but they are all in agreement that his health comes first, especially after something as serious as a head injury.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on Schar as the news of his Denmark absence was confirmed here:
Good. Ridiculous that he continued to play after what is likely a concussion. He can't play against arsenal because of ban anyway but for safety he should be left out.
— Andrew Greener (@greener_andrew) March 25, 2019
He should have been withdrew during the game.
— Bri (@Bri2889) 25 March 2019
@NUFC360 Badly let down by Swiss medics. A second head injury while concussed could've had catastrophic consequences.
— Gavin (@Gavoth) March 25, 2019
Stupid that he was allowed to even carry on playing, he was out cold. Should be subbed stright off no if's or but's about it, so at least finally some common sense thinking has been done
— Cj Wilson (@cj7toon) March 25, 2019
It's the correct decision
— Neverending Ghosted Girl (@girl_ghosted) March 25, 2019
Good News! Prevention is Better than Cure!!!!
— Vimal Ramjewan (@vimal_24) March 25, 2019
Very lucky to walk out alive, how can he continue heading the ball and risking hitting his head again. Disgusting behaviour
— tom (@Tommy_Da_Tank) March 25, 2019
Not really a tough decision tho is it, absolute farce he played on
— Kevin wood #NUFC (@Kevwoodh24) 25 March 2019
Bit backwards that ain't it
— AJ (@A_Jeal1) March 25, 2019
The Magpies cannot believe that the safety of any player, not just theirs, was put on the line over the weekend and will have been delighted that he missed out last night.
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