Football

Pierluigi Collina uses Luke Shaw injury to highlight the need for safety first

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Article continues below

Article continues below

UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina has reminded officials of their responsibility to player safety after Luke Shaw's nasty leg break.

A little more than three weeks have passed since the 20-year-old left-back's fine start to the season was brought to an abrupt halt in Manchester United's Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven.

Shaw suffered a double leg break in a tackle by Hector Moreno, leading to two operations and a lengthy spell on the sidelines that could end extinguish his Euro 2016 hopes.

Collina found it "tough" it to watch and was disappointed by the reaction of referee Nicola Rizzoli as well as the players.

"If you see the clip in PSV v Man United when Shaw was heavily injured and (had his) leg broken, the defender played ball and legs," the UEFA refereeing chief said, speaking at the Leaders in Sport Business Summit 2015.

"On the field, nobody reacted because what was perceived, even by players on the field of play, was that the ball was played.

"This is the thought of many: if the ball is played, it is not even a foul.

"We need to make people, even the football community, aware that if you want to protect the safety of the player, even challenges on the ball but risking in terms of endangering safety of an opponent can be punished, should be punished.

"Football is not everything, safety comes more than the football itself."

Collina said Moreno's challenge "should have been punished" and that incident, along with one which saw Barcelona's Rafinha seriously hurt, led UEFA to contact its officials.

"We immediately reminded all of our referees how it is important to be careful in assessing those challenges that can be rated as reckless or even a serious problem," he said.

"We want to have the players playing and not players recovering from long-term injuries.

"We certainly reminded our referees to be very, very careful with this matter.

"We would like also to remind players to be very careful when they make challenges. We would like to convince them that getting the football is not everything.

"If a player hits the ball and then endangers the opponent, he is convinced that the job was done correctly."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Premier League
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again