Tottenham Hotspur fans have slammed the club for letting Jan Vertonghen try to play on after sustaining a head injury in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Ajax.
The Belgium defender was involved in a clash of heads with team-mate Toby Alderweireld in the first half.
He was tended to by Spurs’ medical team, with blood pouring from his wound, which appeared to be just below his eye.
Mauricio Pochettino and his medical team refused to substitute the 32-year-old, however, and he was allowed to return to the field of play.
Despite that, he asked to be substituted just a couple of minutes later, with Vertonghen clearly dazed from the clash with his compatriot.
Spurs lost 1-0, with Donny van de Beek scoring the only goal of the game.
And supporters took to Twitter to express their disgust at the club’s concussion protocol.
Indeed, many believe that he should have been substituted immediately, particularly with his face left a crimson mask.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
Vertonghen could barely stand. How he went back on a disgrace. Medical staff need to be stronger
— David Levene (@DavidLevene) April 30, 2019
How have we let vertonghen back on the pitch there, that's a disgrace #thfc
— steven riordan (@Steven_Riordan) April 30, 2019
Is Spurs doctor fit for the role, seeing he lets Vertonghen play on after the head injury? Same thing with Lloris at Everton a few years back. Has focus on concussion in sport passed Spurs by? #COYS #vertonghen #2CL
— Jon Norman Haukeland (@JonHaukeland) April 30, 2019
— Michelle De Gelas (@GelasMichelle) April 30, 2019
Just got in and seen vertonghen’s injury properly. I can’t believe he was allowed back on. It almost needs to be taken out of teams’ hands. Maybe have an independent medical official and enforce a change – even allow a free sub. Nothing is worth risking a player’s health. #coys
— mostbutnotall (@mostbutnotall) April 30, 2019
Whoever from the medical team let Vertonghen back on the field should be sacked. Scandalous decision! #COYS
— Coilm Mc Ardle (@CoilmMc) April 30, 2019
— mark pawley (@tuckers35) April 30, 2019
Let’s give our support to Vertonghen after that terrible head injury. I hope that pro football will start to staff the right medical professionals to spot these injuries and know when to make the correct assessment to allow a player to continue. #coys #ucl #Tottenham
— Jojo (@theyoungmachete) April 30, 2019