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Karius concussion: an absurd justification


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. They have seen in detail the footage from the game, and have had the subjective story of the player. Then, after physical examinations and objective measurements, they reached the conclusion that the goalkeeper suffered a 'concussion'. Even professional sports doctors themselves felt somewhat embarrassed reading the statement.

Schoolboy error conditioned actions

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.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores his team's second goal with an overhead kick.
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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale scores his team's second goal with an overhead kick.Ian MacNicolGetty Images

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. He reacted well, and timely, but was unable to prevent the goal. And for the second he was psychologically shattered. 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.


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