Germany's Christoph Kramer comes off after blow to head

Germany's Christoph Kramer comes off after blow to head

Germany's Christoph Kramer comes off after blow to head

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by roxannascott

USA Today

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 4:00 PM

Germany's Christoph Kramer lies on the pitch after getting hit in the face by Argentina's Ezequiel Garay's shoulder during the World Cup final  between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Germany’s Christoph Kramer lies on the pitch after getting hit in the face by Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder during the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

RIO DE JANEIRO —  Germany’s Christoph Kramer looked woozy and disoriented as he left the field Sunday, more than 10 minutes after he was allowed to keep playing despite a hard hit to the head.

Kramer had his head turned and never saw Ezequiel Garay before the two collided in the 18th minute, his head snapping from the impact with the Argentine’s shoulder. Kramer was clearly dazed after the collision, but after a brief break and a sip of water, he was allowed to re-enter the game.

When Kramer finally left the game, he was so disoriented he had to be helped off the field.

FIFA rules state that a player should be removed from the game if there are any signs or symptoms of a concussion, including “dazed, blank or vacant look” and confusion or not being aware of plays or events. But Kramer is at least the third player during the tournament who has stayed in the game after what appeared to be a head injury.


 

 

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