FIFA to review concussion protocol after criticism over Morocco's handing of Nordin Amrabat
Nordin Amrabat suffered a concussion in Morocco's World Cup opener
Last Updated: 24/06/18 11:59am
FIFA is to consider making a change to their concussion protocols following Morocco's decision to play Nordin Amrabat just five days after suffering a concussion.
The Watford winger suffered a concussion in the African side's opening game against Iran on Friday, June 15 but then played in the second Group B match against Portugal on Wednesday, five days after the head injury.
This was strongly criticised by brain injury experts, though, who pointed out that Amrabat should have taken at least a week off, as per FIFA's 'return to play' guidelines.
Amrabat started the game wearing a protective headgear but discarded it after just 16 minutes.
Michel d'Hooghe, head of FIFA's medical committee, has voiced his disapproval of Morocco's handling of the case and suggested sanctions may be brought in to discourage a repeat.
"When I saw what happened, I was not just surprised but disappointed and very angry," d'Hooghe told The Mail on Sunday.
"All the team doctors know very well what should happen, but Morocco's behaviour was in defiance of our guidelines.
"We though that with these guidelines we had enough power, but it seems now that this is not the case.
"Perhaps we need to go one step further and impose sanctions if the guidelines are not followed.
"I am convinced that the majority of team doctors take this very seriously, but now we face a new problem thanks to the Moroccan medical delegation."