UEFA announced that it has adopted a new procedure that will allow referees to stop matches for up to three minutes when a concussion is suspected following a head injury, reports the Associated Press.
FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe had been seeking the rule change with both UEFA and FIFA after there were five concussion cases at the 2014 World Cup, including some instances in which the player tried to stay on the field.
FIFA is currently facing a class-action lawsuit by a group of U.S. soccer players and parents over its handling of concussions.
The new concussion breaks will come into effect immediately in all UEFA competitions. When a match is stopped players "will only be allowed to continue playing on specific confirmation by the team doctor to the referee of the player's fitness to do so."
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