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.