Martinez wants rules on concussion

first_img The issue has become a talking point after Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was knocked out in the goalless draw at Goodison Park on Sunday, yet played on after treatment. Spurs came in for criticism for allowing the France international to continue but Martinez argues the decision should be taken out of manager’s hands. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called for legislation to be introduced to safeguard players against the effects of concussion. “My view is that I don’t think it should be a manager’s decision whether you take a player off or not,” he said. “If there is a strong view from the medical side that when a player gets concussed he should come off, I think we should look into it and make it a rule. “It should be part of the game and a law. “It shouldn’t be the manager’s decision or a game decision based on how the result goes, what type of game it is or how many substitutes have been used when it is a serious situation on the health of the player. “In that situation you need to understand whether the player is in a position to make a decision. “There are many issues that are medical grounds and others which are football grounds, and we have to be careful one doesn’t overlap the other. “The manager is going to make decisions to win games, but when you have a player who is risking severe damage, that is a completely different area away from sport which no-one wants to go into. “It is a decision to be made at the highest level and I think there should be a rule included for medical reasons, but I don’t think it is a manger’s decision.” Martinez also responded to Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas’ questioning of Romelu Lukaku’s role in Lloris’ concussion. The Spurs boss claimed the Belgium international could have avoided his knee connecting with the goalkeeper’s head and asked why more questions had not been directed at the striker and why Lukaku had not apologised. But Martinez responded, suggesting there should have been a similar conversation the other way regarding Roberto Soldado’s apparent elbow on Phil Jagielka. “The good thing is you can watch the replay and see the video evidence,” said the Spaniard. “All Romelu is doing is carrying on his run, he cannot disappear. It is unfortunate. “I don’t think Andre Villas-Boas mentioned there was any intent or any wrongdoing from Romelu, he only mentioned he expected a bit of an apology. “Obviously we are waiting for Roberto Soldado to apologise to Phil Jagielka, and so we can use the same phone call so we don’t have to spend on two phone calls.” Asked whether he thought there should have been retrospective action taken against the Spain international, Martinez said: “That is not for me to comment. I don’t think it would give anything to Everton. “That is down to the authorities to decide whether they want to implement it. “I am more about the referee making decisions in the game and whatever happens in the game is where it matters. “I’m not too keen about retrospective punishment unless it (the action) goes against the values of the competition. “I don’t think they (officials) saw it, obviously, otherwise they would’ve acted accordingly. “Nowadays you have action replays and you can see everything that happens but for the referee it is very difficult.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Germany Not Among Euro 2020 Favourites, A Lot is Possible: Joachim Loew

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Euro 2020Euro 2020 QualifiersgermanyJoachim Loew First Published: November 15, 2019, 8:55 PM IST Berlin: Germany head coach Joachim Loew insisted Friday his fledgling team can not be considered among the favourites for Euro 2020 as they look to wrap up qualification against Belarus this weekend.”I don’t think we’re among the top favourites,” said Loew ahead of Saturday’s Group C qualifier, citing world champions France, England, the Netherlands or Spain as potential winners next summer. “A lot is possible, this team has great qualities, but many players still need a few more years to develop.”Germany, who are second in Group C, will book their Euros place in Moenchengladbach if they better Northern Ireland’s result in their match against group leaders the Netherlands.The Germans are level on points with the Dutch with the top two teams going through, and Loew is eager to wrap up qualification before Tuesday’s final qualifier against Northern Ireland, who are three points back in third.”We’re two steps from the Euro 2020 finals, we want to win the last two games and have a positive end to the year,” said Loew.However Loew says his young Germany team is still a “work in progress” in the wake of last year’s World Cup debacle in Russia.His side were humbled 4-2 at home in September by the Dutch, before throwing away a two-goal lead against a weak Argentina in last month’s 2-2 friendly draw in Dortmund.After Germany failed to qualify from their group at the 2018 World Cup finals, the 59-year-old cleaned out his squad in March by informing Thomas Mueller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng their international careers were over.However, two key players in Loew’s new-look team, winger Leroy Sane, 23, and defender Niklas Suele, 24, are sidelined with long-term knee injuries.Borussia Moenchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter, 25, will lead Germany’s back four against Belarus at Borussia Park.”I have the feeling that ‘Matze’ (Ginter) is a bit undervalued, but I know how reliable he is and how well he can perform,” added Loew.However with Ginter’s fellow centre back Suele set to miss most of the season, Loew has refused to recall Boateng or Hummels, his key defenders when Germany won the 2014 World Cup.”The main thing is that he (Suele) returns fit, no one knows when he will be back on the pitch next,” added Loew.Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City and Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka will form Germany’s midfield behind RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who has scored 11 goals in as many Bundesliga games.Germany captain Manuel Neuer is under pressure in goal from Barcelona star Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Loew has said Neuer will start against Belarus on Saturday while Ter Stegen will face the Northern Irish three days later. last_img read more