Benjamin Pavard revealed he was knocked out for “10 to 15 seconds” before returning to the field in France’s 1-0 win over Germany at Euro 2020.
Pavard sustained a head injury following a collision with Germany’s Robin Gosens as world champions France opened their Group F campaign with victory on Wednesday.
France defender Pavard was left on the floor before receiving treatment for several minutes in Munich, where he was eventually allowed to continue.
“I took a hell of a shock,” Pavard told beIN Sports post-match.
“I was a little knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds. After that, it was better.”
A “concussion charter” was signed by all 24 teams at Euro 2020 – a commitment to taking a series of measures to improve the care of players and includes neurological baseline testing and access to in-match television replays for team doctors.
But the incident involving Pavard has raised further questions about concussion protocols in football.
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FIFPro has long called for temporary concussion substitutions and the enforcement of a minimum six-day gradual return to play.
“The issue of concussion is a very serious issue. It’s a health and safety issue, which is related to their work place,” FIFPro vice-president Francis Awaritefe previously told Stats Perform.
“In my point of view, I don’t think it’s been addressed in the proper manner it should be addressed.”
“We’ve seen the medical data around the long-term risks of concussion and how they can have a deleterious long-term effect for people who suffer concussion when it’s not managed properly.
“We’re really worried about it because football seems to be a long way behind some of the other sports in terms of protocols and just in terms of the way how seriously they’re taking concussion.
“For me, it’s a massive issue. We don’t want to wait until a player has a serious injury that it might end their career or worse, we have a player die on the field or soon after because of a concussion issue that wasn’t treated properly.
“As a sport, we need to reflect on this and get together with experts to come up with smart and proactive solutions to deal with this really, really serious issue.”