Benjamin Pavard confirmed he was rendered unconscious during France’s Euro 2020 victory over Germany.
Pavard was involved in a collision with Robin Gosens in the second half of the 1-0 win for Les Bleus, which is to say that Germany defender Gosens launched his hip into the Bayern Munich right-back’s head and managed to avoid even a caution.
After a short stoppage Pavard was deemed fit to continue and completed the match for a phenomenal France team.
The 25-year-old confirmed after the game that he had been been “a little knocked out” but the decision to allow him to play on was widely criticised over concussion concerns.
“I took a hell of a shock,” he told beIN Sports. “I was a little knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds. After that, it was better.
“It’s true that we came across a good team from Germany, which had possession, but we had a very good game defensively and offensively, and we were united.
“We feel good. Physically, we will gain even more power. It bodes well for the future.
“We defended well collectively. It’s a more than positive game. It’s special to win against the Germans. We knew that this first game was important. Now, we will quickly recover because there is the second match which will come quickly in Hungary.”
UEFA introduced a concussion charter that all 24 competing teams at Euro 2020 partook in ahead of the tournament, including ‘a specific concussion management webinar with the team doctors’ to update them on ‘the latest guidance and information available on concussion management’.
The charter, signed by each nation, states: “As the General Secretary, Head Coach and Team Doctor of the national team selection, we fully support UEFA’s guidance on how to recognise a concussion and how it should be managed from the time of injury through safe return to football.
“We confirm that if a player of our team is suspected of having suffered a concussion, he will be immediately removed from the pitch, whether in training or match play.”
UEFA approved the trial of concussion substitutes during the U21 Euros this summer but opted against bringing them in for the senior tournament, while only five countries have committed to trialling the measure at club level.