Judge dismisses concussion lawsuit filed against FIFA

Friday July 17th, 2015

A concussion lawsuit that was brought against FIFA by soccer players and parents has been dismissed by a U.S. judge, FIFA announced on Friday.

The lawsuit, which was originally filed in August 2014, had sought to force rule changes, including modified substitution protocols and limits on headers for younger players. It alleged that FIFA acted “carelessly and negligently” in its role as soccer's governing body.

Chief judge Phyllis Hamilton found that FIFA is not responsible for soccer played throughout the U.S. and said the plaintiffs could not change FIFA's “laws of the game” through the court system.

“Plaintiffs have acknowledged that ‘injuries’ are a ‘part of soccer,’” Hamilton wrote. “Those who participate in a sporting activity that poses an inherent risk of injury generally assume the risk that they may be injured while doing so."

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The lawsuit was not seeking financial damages, but wanted medical monitoring for those who have played soccer since 2002. 

In May, U.S. Youth Soccer reportedly told its state officials to avoid speaking with media about concussions in soccer until “protocols are developed and new recommendations made.”

- Molly Geary

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