Georgia Player Saves Fabian Schar's Life After He Was Knocked Out
Switzerland defender Fabian Schar was knocked unconscious in a European Championship qualifier against Georgia this weekend after a brutal clash of heads with Georgia's Jemal Tabidze, and many think he shouldn't have been allowed to carry on.
Schar, who plays his club football for Newcastle, went up for a corner in the 23rd minute but he soon found himself in a life-threatening situation.
He was quickly placed in the recovery position and in a life-saving move from Georgian player Jano Ananidze, he put his hand in Schar's mouth to free his tongue.
Schar had, in fact, swallowed his tongue but thanks to the quick thinking of Ananidze, he was soon on his feet.
Remarkably, and perhaps concerningly, after four minutes of treatment he was deemed fit enough to continue.
The Newcastle defender told Swiss newspaper Blick that he can't remember anything from the incident:
"It looks awful. I can't remember anything. I was out for a few seconds." he said.
"My skull is still humming. And I've got neck ache and a bruise on my forehead. But it was worth it."
The fact that Shar was given the green light to carry on was questioned on social media during and after the game.
What the f*** are the Swiss medical staff doing? Fabian Schar knocked unconscious in clash of heads, but they've let him continue playing for Switzerland. Scandalous- Duncan Wright (@dwright75) March 23, 2019
Soccer really needs to clean up its act about concussions. Schar was unconscious on the pitch for FOUR minutes and allowed to return to the game? WTF? ' NUFC defender Fabian Schar suffers injury scare https://t.co/bzJxbceAiE pic.twitter.com/jSkFuZOZUv- Paul Kelly (@pk500) March 24, 2019
Football has so much to learn from rugby. A Schar should have been ooff that pitch for concussion treatment. Fabian Schar helped by opponent after clash of heads in Euro 2020 https://t.co/eCuLMVktjS pic.twitter.com/zcZjfiPs3a- Sharon Colligan (@scolligan81) March 24, 2019
How football is still in a position to allow Fabian Schar to continue playing after that head injury, is bizarre.- Frankie Taylor (@frankieptaylor) March 24, 2019
Reading that Fabian Schar was knocked unconscious in the Switzerland International, but "glad" he was able to keep playing.- Richard Connelly (@RichConnelly) March 24, 2019
Football in serious need of more concussion education. What will it take for change to happen?
Should he have been allowed to carry on after this sickening concussion?
Let us know in the comments.