FIFA medical chair wants three-minute stoppages for concussions

1:03 | Soccer
FIFA official wants 3-minute concussion time outs
Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Michel D'Hooghe, the chairman of FIFA's medical committee, said Tuesday that he believes matches should be paused for three minutes if a player is suspected to have sustained a concussion.

Speaking at the SoccerEx conference in Manchester, England, D'Hooghe also said team doctors should have sole power to make decisions on whether players can return to matches. He is seeking approval from FIFA and UEFA for his guidelines.

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Criticism of FIFA's treatment of concussions intensified at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, when multiple players were allowed to continue playing after suffering head injuries, including Germany's Christoph Kramer in the final against Argentina. 

The governing body is facing a class action lawsuit over its handling of head injuries.

- Chris Johnson

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