Tottenham were 'irresponsible' to keep Hugo Lloris on the field during the Premier League 0-0 draw against Everton, a leading brain injury charity has said.
The goalkeeper lost consciousness when he took a knock to the head after diving to the feet of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku during the second half at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Lloris insisted on staying on the pitch and Andre Villas-Boas, the Tottenham manager, decided to allow him to play on.
However, the brain injury charity Headway has criticised the club's decision. Their spokesman Luke Griggs told the BBC: "When a player – or any individual – suffers a blow to the head that is severe enough for them to lose consciousness, it is vital they urgently seek appropriate medical attention.
"A physio or doctor treating a player on the pitch simply cannot accurately gauge the severity of the damage caused to the player's brain in such a setting as there may be delayed presentation of symptoms.
"By continuing to play, the player may have caused greater damage to his brain. He should have been removed from the game immediately and taken to hospital for thorough tests and observation," he added.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has since defended his decision to allow the French international back on the field but insists it was not an easy decision.
"I made the call to keep him on the pitch because of the signs he was giving. He was determined to continue and looked concentrated, driven and focused enough for me not to make the call to replace him. The saves he did after the incident proved that right," he was quoted by ITV.
Tottenham's goalscoring difficulties continued in the draw – Villas-Boas' side has only scored nine in ten games in the Premier League – but the point brought them up to fourth position in the top-flight table, level on points with rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
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