Chris Sutton, a prominent advocate for player welfare, branded Michael Owen as a colleague “caveman”For what he called an “ignorant”View on concussions
Following a heated exchange between two of their greatest talents, BT Sport pundits were given additional training in how they report concussions.
In February, Chris Sutton had Michael Owen as a label. “caveman”In an incredible clash on live TV. During the Benfica-vs. Ajax Champions League match, the former Premier League strikers had been discussing concussion injuries.
Ajax star Lisandro Martnez was involved with Nicolas Otamendi, in a fight of heads during the first period in Lisbon. But, despite being in distress, he continued. After his father, a former footballer, died in 2020 from dementia, Sutton has become a prominent advocate for player welfare.
Ex-Blackburn and Chelsea forward, he has stated that football is his passion. “in the dark ages”He passionately advocated for reform since then when it came to brain injuries and the devastating consequences. Following Lisandro’s injury, he was asked if players needed additional protection: “Absolutely. Until IFAB step up and change the concussion protocols, they are not looking after player welfare. Player welfare isn’t put right within the game.
“You saw the horrible incident at the weekend when Robin Koch carried on after a serious head injury. Football doesn’t care. It needs to start caring. He needs to come off the pitch to the sanctuary of the dressing room and get checked by an independent doctor.
“In the mean time, he is replaced by a temporary substitute so you are not numerically disadvantaged. It is common sense. Why are IFAB not stepping up?”
Owen dismissed the issue and labelled it as “bumps and bangs on the head”Before a clearly agitated Sutton responded: “Hang on, concussion, that’s a bump and bang. How do you know that is not a concussion?”
Sutton then compared a concussion with a broken leg and he dubbed the Liverpool legend. “caveman”For his views on the matter. After the disagreement Mail Sport BT Sport employees were brought in for additional training.
Examples include the description of a player being ‘wobbly’After a fight of heads or praise for a player ‘brave’Or ‘a warrior’Thank you for continuing to play. Concussion Legacy charity organized the workshops. Additional information was provided for all sports.
Sutton spoke out about Owen’s row, saying he had a lot respect for Owen but adding: “I couldn’t be anything other than disappointed with what he said and I could not do anything other than pull him up on it because this means a lot
“If the type of ignorance Michael displayed is reflective of how ex and current players are really thinking about head injuries and concussion then we are in a whole lot of trouble because they need to know the dangers.”
Premier League clubs reached an agreement earlier this year to include additional concussion substitutions. However, it is still a hot debate whether these are being properly used by teams.