'Absolute scandal' - Chris Sutton raging after what happened in West Ham United clash v Tottenham Hotspur
Chris Sutton was absolutely furious about a potential concussion incident during West Ham United’s clash with Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs defender Clement Lenglet went down in his own penalty area after a collision and after a brief check was allowed to come back onto the pitch quickly, despite being obviously gazed still.
And Sutton took to his personal Twitter account (19 February) to vent his frustration at the situation after the IFAB rule makers voted against temporary concussion substitutes recently.
“It was shocking IFAB not voting for temporary concussion substitutes… it’s an absolute scandal,” he wrote.
“The procedure for Lenglet just confirmed why permanent concussion substitutes don’t work as well as temporary ones…”
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Sutton has long been someone who has campaigned against the current rules surrounding head injuries, and what he says is correct, and has happened in far more games than just this one in recent memory.
The fact that permanent concussion substitutions have been allowed was a good step, but it’s clear that isn’t enough for the long-term and temporary substitutions would allow teams to properly check their players and not be rushed into a decision where putting their team at a disadvantage is a factor.
It’s a shambles that it’s still an issue in 2023, even despite all the technological advances we’ve had and the tests that have proven how serious concussion can actually be.
It’s infuriating to see the players treated like cattle in this type of scenario rather than humans, and it would be great if more people could talk up the problems to generate change in our great game like Sutton does.