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We have all heard the way it might be abused by the parent club 'faking' an injury to force additional subs, what about the opposition club targeting a star player by giving sly 'accidental' head knocks to force them off, really low tactics I know but some players are targeted with harder challenges already.

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20 minutes ago, johnnydun said:

We have all heard the way it might be abused by the parent club 'faking' an injury to force additional subs, what about the opposition club targeting a star player by giving sly 'accidental' head knocks to force them off, really low tactics I know but some players are targeted with harder challenges already.

As your last bit says, it won't make a difference if players are already doing such things.

The obvious solution is to have lengthy bans and fines for players who target the head/face/neck of opponents.

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SPFL clubs vote to trial the use of concussion substitutes

 

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The use of concussion substitutes in the SPFL will be allowed on a trial basis from 6 March until the end of the season, after a vote by all 42 clubs.

Clubs will be permitted to use a maximum of two such replacements in a match, regardless of the number of substitutions already made.

The rule change follows an announcement in December that system could be trialled until August 2021.

When a concussion sub is used, the other team can make another change too.

So you're allowed 5 subs and now 2 concussion subs, but if the other side also use their concussion subs, you get 2 more.

 

Effectively you could end up subbing 9 players? 

Edited by NewBornBairn

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SPFL approves use of concussion subs

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster has welcomed the decision to approve the use of concussion substitutes.

Following a vote by all 42 clubs and in consultation with the Scottish Football Association, the rule change will come into force from March 6 on a trial basis and will apply for the remainder of the current season.

The rule change comes following an announcement by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in December 2020 that competition organisers could trial the system between January and August 2021.

The decision also comes in the wake of news that former Scotland, Manchester United and Leeds defender Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Doncaster said: The safety and wellbeing of players is clearly of the utmost importance to everyone involved with running football.

Yesterday's tragic news that Gordon McQueen has been diagnosed with dementia is the latest reminder of why it is vital that we do everything we can to protect those playing our game.

We have seen a great deal of positive development in concussion protocols across sport in recent years and we hope that our participation in this trial will be the next step in that process.

The Scottish FA refereeing department has already started briefing our clubs on the details of the rule change, with that process continuing in advance of the change coming into force on March 6.''

In accordance with Scottish FA guidelines for the trial, each team would be permitted a maximum of two concussion substitutes in a match.

A concussion substitution may be made regardless of the number of substitutes already used.

When a head injury is sustained or suspected, the team may either use one of their existing substitutes, if the maximum permitted number have not been used, or make an additional concussion substitute.

When a concussion substitute is used, the opposing team has the option to use an additional substitute for any reason.

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Why even have a limit on it? If its only for head injuries and you've used all your concussion subs and someone else gets a head knock then why shouldn't you be able to sub them too? Seems a fairly unlikely scenario but you never know.  I guess you would then have to take them off and go down to 10 men but this then comes back to the same argument of pressure to keep them on etc. 

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