Concussion substitutes are not allowed in any UEFA competition

Concussion substitutions are not allowed in any UEFA competition following a controversy during the women’s Champions League match between Arsenal and Ajax.

Striker Beth Mead had to be substituted late in the game after a headbutt after Arsenal had already made three substitutions.

Lina Hurtig appeared ready to replace Mead as a concussion substitute, but the substitution was denied by the referee and fourth official.

UEFA tested the use of concussion subs at the 2021 European Under-21 Championship finals in Hungary and Slovenia.

They were also scheduled for the 2020-21 U17 and U19 finals but the tournaments were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, no UEFA competitions currently test concussion substitutes.

Concussion replacements are currently available in a number of competitions including the Premier League and WSL. Concussion substitutes are not allowed in any UEFA competition

John Verrall

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