The English Premier League has announced that it has agreed to introduce concussion substitutions trials.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) introduced the rule last year, where the FA requested to be a part of the trials. IFAB had consulted with stakeholders and concussion experts, who recommend the additional substitutions of players with actual or suspected concussion.
Premier League shareholders agreed on January 20 that the trials will be allowed to go ahead when the implementation of the reporting processes, including private medical information, has been resolved with IFAB and FIFA.
A statement from the Premier League read: "With player welfare the Premier League’s priority, the protocols will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.
"The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already.
Calls have come for an introduction of concussion substitutes following extensive research showing a link between head injuries and developing neurodegenerative diseases upon retirement from the game, an illness that saw Manchester United and England legend Nobby Stiles lose his life to last year, shortly followed by an announcement from his team mate, Sir Bobby Charlton, that he too had been diagnosed with dementia.
Author: Jake Wilkin