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Spurs criticised over Lloris decision

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Following Tottenham Hotspur's visit to Goodison Park yesterday, the London club have been criticised for allowing Hugo Lloris to see out the remainder of the game after a clash with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku which left the goalkeeper unconscious.

The 26-year-old shot-stopper was knocked out after his head collided with the Belgian's knee, however the Frenchman managed to get back on his feet and keep guard of the Spurs goal for the remaining 19 minutes of the game.

Substitute goalkeeper Brad Friedel was ready to come on in place of his counterpart, but the France captain insisted on returning to the field after receiving treatment which led to nine minutes of added time.

Since the incident, the Premier League outfit have been condemned for the way they handled the affair and Peter McCabe, CEO at leading brain injury charity Headway, expressed his disapproval.

He told Sky Sports: "If someone has been knocked out on the pitch then they should be removed and properly assessed. Asking the player if he is ok is ludicrous, it seems to us.

"You risk so much - no-one can see inside somebody's skull. It is dangerous and irresponsible to leave someone in that situation."

McCabe also piled some of the blame on the FA and believes more communication should be made between the governing body and English clubs concerning the importance of dealing with such incidents in the correct manner.

"We think the FA needs to give clearer guidance to clubs. If somebody is knocked out, we believe the FA should have a protocol that requires the player to leave the pitch and be properly assessed" he pleaded.

Despite the criticism Tottenham have received, manager Andre Villas-Boas defended his decision to allow Lloris to return to the field of play.

The Portuguese coach said: "He was quite focused and determined to continue, so when you see this of assertiveness it means he is able to carry on, and that is why it was my call to delay the substitution.

"You have to make a decision in situations like this but from my knowledge of Hugo, he seemed okay to continue."

The unfortunate clash between the players brought back memories of the head injury Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech sustained back in 2006, when a clash with Reading midfielder Stephen Hunt left the Czech international with a fractured skull.

Luckily for Lloris, it seems as though the French international escaped without serious injury, however the incident has highlighted a problem that the FA will more than likely discuss over the coming weeks.

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