FIFA censured Morocco for ‘questionable handling’ of Amrabat’s concussion, as the FIFA association joins the chorale of criticism of Nordin Amrabat, knowing his concussion in the first FIFA World Cup match of the team against Iran a week ago.
Being on loan in Spain last season, the Watford winger played in the second Morocco’s Group B match on Wednesday against Portugal, just after a period of five days of the head injury. Herve Renard, Morocco coach justified the decision talking after the second 1-0 defeat of his side’s tournament, referring him as a ‘warrior wanted to play’.
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway – a brain injury charity, also reported that Nordin Amrabat was wearing a rugby-style scrum cap at the beginning of the match, which made a bad safety impression, while he removed the cap 15 later that also no difference to the matter he was dealing with his own health.
The major brain injury experts strongly criticized this, however who indicated that Amrabat should have had rest for at least a week, according to the ‘return to play’ guidelines of FIFA.
FIFA was obviously unimpressed, as well, and stated that it had provided all team doctors the most recent data and treatment guidelines over concussions during a pre-tournament workshop.
A FIFA spokesperson said in a statement that, “Following the questionable handling of the concussion incident involving Amrabat during the Morocco-Iran match, FIFA wrote to the Moroccan team doctor to remind him of the importance to adhere to the guidelines that have been communicated.”