Bending the rules for a star is not uncommon, heck we see it almost every week in the NFL as players are initially reported to have “dirt in the eye”, or “back spasms”, etc. However it is rare that you see an overt “relaxing” of rules to possibly allow them to play. It has happened in the UK in Premiere League Soccer, the team is
Arsenal Manchester United and the player is Rio Ferdinand (bold my emphasis);
Ferdinand claimed on Twitter that he ‘could not remember’ what happened during United’s 3-0 victory over Bolton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
He also admitted he had suffered concussion, which under previous FA rules meant he would automatically miss the next 10 days.
But the FA have relaxed the guidelines and Ferdinand, 33, will now be put through a thorough medical examination.
Thanks to twitter both @SportsDocSkye and @SportsDoc_Chris find that the article as I have presented it and was reported in the link is inaccurate. I appreciate them following and correcting this issue (also my stupidity when it comes to European Futbol). The issue that needs correcting is that the current FA concussion guidelines follow the Zurich statement and a player will follow graduated return to play, meaning the 10 day issue is moot…