FIFPro accuses FIFA of negligence with Pereira

Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira is put on a stretcher during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.  (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)
Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira is put on a stretcher during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The players’ union is accusing FIFA of failing to protect Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira after he took a hard blow to the head against England at the World Cup.

FIFPro wants a FIFA investigation and possible rule changes so players suspected of being concussed can be temporarily substituted while they’re diagnosed.

Pereira lay motionless after colliding with Raheem Sterling’s knee in the 61st minute of Uruguay’s 2-1 victory on Thursday. Even though he appeared like a punch-drunk boxer, Pereira ultimately was allowed to return to the pitch in the 63rd minute.

In a statement on Friday, FIFPro urged FIFA “to conduct a thorough investigation into its own competition concussion protocol which failed to protect Uruguayan footballer Alvaro Pereira.”

It wants “urgent talks and immediate assurances that FIFA can guarantee the safety of the players.”

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