Football fans across the globe have taken to social media to slam the Iranian medical staff after first-choice shot-stopper Alireza Beiranvand was allowed to play on after a nasty head injury, which took over ten minutes to deal with.
The goalkeeper collided with his own player when making a save from a cross from England skipper Harry Kane, preventing an almost certain goal with Raheem Sterling lurking. The Iranian no.1 then stayed down for a period of several minutes as he was attended to by the medical staff as his replacement warmed up on the sidelines.
However, to everyone’s surprise, Bieranvand was allowed to continue, despite blood flowing from his nose. Moments later, he himself had to force the substitutes bench into action, going down off the ball and lying flat on his back, with Hossein Hosseini coming on to replace the stricken goalkeeper.
It was another instance of issues surrounding head injuries, and plenty took to social media to lambast the decision to allow Bieranvand to carry on despite clearly being unfit to do so, as he proved just moments later. The decision was branded in some quarters as crazy, while others branded it an embarrassment and crazy.