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West Ham manager David Moyes has defended the club’s doctors after a brain injury charity criticized the decision to allow Issa Diop to continue playing after a head butt.
The defender was evaluated on the field after a clash with Anthony Martial during Loss in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night against Manchester United and continued until halftime, when he finally became the first English football player to be replaced by a substitute for concussion.
Peter McCabe, CEO of Charity Headway, later questioned the initial evaluation and described the new concussion protocol as “profoundly flawed.”
However, asked about the matter at his pre-game press conference on Friday afternoon, Moyes said: “I am not the doctor, but what I would say is that our medical team chose to make a decision and take him out at half-time. .
“He didn’t have a concussion and he doesn’t have a concussion, and also the tests and what these people go through to show that everything went well.
“It was a great decision they made. I’m sure not every blow to the head that we have should cause a concussion or cause a big discussion about it.
“It is perhaps because it is a bit fashionable that everyone is drawing attention to it, but from what I have seen, the medical team has handled it very well.”
Moyes backed soccer’s efforts to protect players from head injuries and insisted authorities are “trying to do the right thing.”
He said: “I would have to say that I think football has tried to take the right action in some way. I think my medical team took the right action in the game the other night and for those reasons I think we are trying to do the right thing.
“Maybe Headway has other reasons and will know his reasons why he thinks it should be different, but for the moment I think the Premier League and the medical teams are trying to do it in the best possible way.”
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West Ham defender ruled out
Diop will be fit to face Sheffield United in the Premier League on Monday night, but Angelo Ogbonna will not do so after the ankle that was injured at Old Trafford was placed in a protective boot with no timetable yet for its recovery.
Moyes said: “It is a great blow for us because he has done very well. He has been magnificent in the games he has played and his leadership has also been very important to us ”.
Forward Michail Antonio could return after being out midweek due to fatigue, but Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena are out.
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