Alan Shearer blows off Sheffield United for allowing George Baldock to return despite concussion concerns
‘When Does Football Go To Learn?’: Alan Shearer blows out Sheffield United for allowing George Baldock to return to the field amid concussion concerns
- Shearer made acclaimed TV documentary Dementia, football and me
- The Premier League record scorer was shocked to deal with Baldock’s injury
- Oddly, Baldock was allowed to return before he was eventually removed
Sheffield United have been criticized for delaying the replacement of defender George Baldock at Leeds after appearing dizzy after a hefty challenge to Leeds United’s Tyler Roberts.
Alan Shearer, who made an acclaimed television documentary Dementia, football and me, was shocked that after concussion checks, Baldock was allowed to return to action on Elland Road – only to be replaced five minutes later shortly before halftime.
“I look at it and I think, when is football going to learn,” stormed Shearer, analyzing the Yorkshire derby for Amazon Prime. “When in doubt, let them sit.”
Sheffield United defender George Baldock received a heavy blow in a tackle on Tyler Roberts
Baldock initially left the field, but was allowed to come back before officially retiring
The incident was triggered by a top two-legged tackle from Baldock on Roberts that could have easily been penalized with a yellow or red card.
In the aftermath of the challenge, Roberts’ knee hit Baldock’s face in the collision between them and the Blades player required prolonged treatment both on the field and on the sidelines as he was checked for concussion as Ampadu warmed up.
Unexpectedly, Baldock then returned to the action, with Sheffield introducing Ampadu as a replacement for a concussion five minutes later after the player suffered blurred vision.
“He’s been judged, he’s allowed to go back on the football field for five minutes and then he’s clearly wrong and they’ve taken him off again,” said Shearer.
Record Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer criticized the decision to re-enter him
‘Leave him, take him off the field and judge him. To bring someone back, before that the law was brought with concussion.
‘Now five minutes later he has left, what is football waiting for. What does it do, allow this? ‘
Concussion protocols have been tightened since the Spurs goalkeeper played with a head injury that caused him to temporarily lose consciousness in a game against Everton in 2013.
Sheffield United’s interim manager Paul Heckingbottom insisted that protocols had been followed and that Baldock had been allowed to continue with medics before feeling groggy once he returned to the action.
Ironically, Baldock could have seen red for his wild, uncontrolled tackle on the Leeds forward
“We followed the rules, we can’t take any chances,” Heckingbottom said. They checked him on the field and went through the checklist and if the player passes them they judge them on the side of the field.
I’m not sure what actions he did between that and wrestling, but then he didn’t start feeling great. As soon as George reported symptoms, we should take him out.
“There may be things that can be done further, but we need to be guided by the medics on things like that. We must adhere to further concussion protocols now, so we’ll know more later. ‘
Ironically, United suffered another shock in the second half when Jayden Bogle was accidentally caught in the face by Ezgjan Alioski and replaced by Rhian Brewster, although Heckingbottom confirmed it was not a concussion.