Skip to content
Inter Milan questioned as Stefan de Vrij continues to play despite apparent head injury against Liverpool in Champions League


Football’s attitude towards head injuries was called into question as a shaken Stefan de Vrij was cleared to continue playing for Inter Milan in their 2-0 loss to Liverpool.

The Champions League Round of 16 game was called off at the half-hour mark with the Dutch defender seeking treatment after indicating he had taken a blow to the head.

Getty

De Vrij was clearly distressed

Inter Milan questioned as Stefan de Vrij continues to play despite apparent head injury against Liverpool in Champions League

Getty

And found himself twice on the ground

De Vrij was treated with an ice pack on his head, but as soon as he left the pitch, Inter manager Simone Inzaghi brought him straight back.

De Vrij then hit the deck again just before halftime, and the pattern was repeated, heading off again before Inzaghi put it back.

Former Premier League striker Dean Ashton was furious at the lack of action, comparing the attitude of football to other sports.

“They’ve already taken the risk,” he told talkSPORT in commentary. “I watched the rugby union at the weekend, there are people in the stands, they are watching a video – if there was a head clash, it’s gone!

“There’s no ‘if’ or ‘but’ or ‘do you want to continue?’ De Vrij is still convinced that he wants to continue. He will want to play in such a big game. As a team, you don’t want to be without your best players.

“But, come on, where’s the thought process to protect the players?”


Inter Milan questioned as Stefan de Vrij continues to play despite apparent head injury against Liverpool in Champions League

Getty

De Vrij was fired straight after his treatment

He added: “You could see that De Vrij was waving his hand in front of his face as if he had blurred vision or a little dizzy. Surely that tells you enough that there is something wrong?

“There’s this problem we have in football of whether the player is adamant about continuing, rather than taking it out of his hands. I don’t like to see it.

He continued, “There has to be a big culture shift. We have to take care of the well-being of the players, rather than the importance of the rest of this half.

Betting offer of the day

888sport: (max bet £5) Get 20/1 Inter Milan to win or 10/1 Liverpool* – CLAIM HERE

Deposit at least £/$/€10 using promo code 888ODDS • Bet up to £/$/€5 on your selection at normal regular market odds • If your selection wins, we’ll pay you the normal price and any additional winnings from the advertised enhanced prize will be paid out to you as free bets • Free bets are awarded within 72 hours and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes are not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdraw anytime • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods and countries and full terms and conditions apply 18+ begambleaware.org



sports Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.