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SPFL consults clubs over introducing concussion substitutes

The league is proposing a rule change that would take effect immediately.

SPFL consults clubs over introducing concussion substitutes SNS Group

The SPFL is consulting clubs over the introduction of concussion substitutes in the league.

If clubs show support for the move then a rule change will be put to the vote, with the change being introduced this season on a trial basis.

The issue of head injuries in sport has been a matter of concern and world football’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board, recently announced that competition organisers could begin trials immediately.

The change would mean that any player with an actual or suspected concussion would be immediately subbed off and replaced with an extra substitution being allowed if necessary.

The Scottish FA had already announced that the trial would begin in the Scottish Cup this season, though that competition is currently suspended due to the pandemic.

SPFL chief executive, Neil Doncaster said: “Clearly this is a very important issue and one that Scottish football has led on.  We are keen to get input on it from our member clubs as soon as possible. 

“The Scottish FA has already indicated its intention to introduce the concussion substitute trial in the Scottish Cup at the earliest possible opportunity and we will be liaising closely with them, and with Dr John MacLean, once our clubs have responded with their views.”

Member clubs have been asked to respond by February 1 and if the move is taken to a vote then it would require backing from 75% of each of the three voting categories (Premiership, Championship, and League 1 / League 2).