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The worrying reason why Nordin Amrabat is wearing a scrum cap against Portugal

He wasn't wearing it for too long in the match

This will be a talking point.

Nordin Amrabat suffered concussion in Morocco’s 1-0 defeat against Iran in their opening group game of the World Cup.

The injury was all but certain to rule the former Watford man out of their clash with Portugal, however, Amrabat is wearing a rugby-style skull cap to help play through the injury.


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Amrabat was treated for concussion against Iran

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Amrabat was treated for concussion against Iran

The manner in which Morocco’s medical staff treated Amrabat on the pitch after the clash of heads against Iran has been widely criticised.

It was certainly less than conventional… 

Amrabat surprised everyone when he was named on the team-sheet for the match against Portugal, after suffering such a serious injury just a few days earlier.

The winger, who spent last season on loan at Leganes, was one of Morocco’s standout players in the first-half, as they recovered well after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early opener.

Amrabat was involved in most of Morocco’s good play and showed no visible signs of being dazed.

The winger in action against Portugal

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The winger in action against Portugal

Amrabat however grew visibly frustrated with the protective head-wear and wore it for only 17 minutes of the first-half.

The Morocco No16 aggressively removed his cap before launching it in the direction of his manager, Here Renard.

Amrabat was tackled to the ground and immediately went to remove the cap

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Amrabat was tackled to the ground and immediately went to remove the cap

A member of the Morocco coaching staff was forced to retrieve it

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A member of the Morocco coaching staff was forced to retrieve it

Amrabat played the rest of the first-half without the head-wear

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Amrabat played the rest of the first-half without the head-wear

The decision of Morocco to allow Amrabat to play despite being discharged from hospital just a few days ago has been widely criticised.

With FIFA having no clear protocol on head injuries, the decision rests with Morocco’s medical team who have a duty of care to the player.

In other sports, the rules around concussion are significantly tighter.

In rugby, the club doctor has the final decision on whether a player will return to the field of play after suffering a potentially dangerous head injury.

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