It’s nearly two weeks now since Real Madrid defeated Liverpool in the Champions League final and yet the fallout still continues.
It was confirmed by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius suffered a concussion before making two errors that helped Real win the match 3-1.
Being concussed would go some way to explaining Karius’ performance in the second half, in which he threw the ball straight to Karim Benzema and fumbled Gareth Bale’s long-range shot.
The concussion happened during an incident with Sergio Ramos, with Karius suggesting that an elbow was thrown by the Real Madrid captain.
The Liverpool ‘keeper played on but now that we know the extent of the damage suffered, he shouldn’t have done so.
As reported by the BBC, UEFA are now planning to introduce video access so that concussions can be diagnosed by medical staff watching from laptops on the sidelines or in the stands.
It’s a wise move from the governing body as football seeks to tackle an issue that it doesn’t know much about.
SPORTS DOCTOR REACTS
Yet, as important as it is for concussions to be spoken about, claims that Karius was concussed in the Champions League final have been rebuffed by a sports doctor.
Dr. Jose Gonzalez, writing in AS, claims Karius’ mistake for Benzema’s goal was merely a “schoolboy error”.
“It was more than surprising when the doctors at the Massachusetts Hospital issued their conclusions related to the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in the Champions League final,” Dr. Gonzalez said.
“Even professional sports doctors themselves felt somewhat embarrassed reading the statement.
“If you want to come out in defence of the player, I have no problem with it, but don’t base it on absurd medical criteria.
“After the alleged concussion Karius made two good saves, which clearly indicated that his reflexes were intact and there was no sign of concussion.
“Benzema’s goal can simply be put down as a schoolboy error, which completely conditioned his subsequent actions.
“For Gareth Bale’s first strike the goalkeeper acted normally, as any good goalkeeper would, but he couldn’t get near the ball.
“For me, as a sports doctor with many years of experience in this type of incident, all of the symptoms being shown by Karius were psychosomatic, due to a huge mistake in a top-level sporting event.”
Pretty alarming comments from Dr. Gonzalez, who, for whatever reason, seems desperate to disregard the work of Massachusetts General Hospital.