No punishment in Fritz concussion case

Date published: September 10 2014

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Toulouse will not be punished for their failure to adhere to concussion protocols in a high-profile incident last season.

Toulouse will not be punished for their failure to adhere to concussion protocols in a high-profile incident last season.

France centre Florian Fritz was allowed to play on despite suffering a serious concussion playing for his club against Racing Métro in May.

The LNR delivered their verdict regarding the case on Tuesday, underlining that the club had failed to adhere to the concussion protocols in place.

“The conclusion of the expert report is that the concussion protocol was not applied as it should be,” said LNR chief Paul Goze told AFP.

“Following this, a letter will be sent to the president of the club to remind him of the obligations of this protocol.”

Goze added that there would be no punishment because the case was given a much higher profile than other concussion incidents last season.

“The Fritz case was highly publicised, everyone was antagonised by the incident because it was in a playoff game,” added Goze.

“There were other incidents in the season, so there's no reason to punish a club because it happened under a bigger spotlight than another.”

All Top 14 and Pro12 matches now have an independent doctor present to rule on any further cases of concussion in matches.

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