Everton's Roberto Martinez wants new rule to protect concussed players

Roberto Martinez of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Everton at Carrow Road on August 17, 2013
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that a new rule should be introduced to protect players from the effects of concussion.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that a new rule should be introduced to help protect players that could suffer concussion as a result of a head injury.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas was criticised for allowing goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to play on after receiving a blow to the head in their goalless draw with Everton last weekend.

However, Martinez believes that the final decision of whether a player should continue following a head injury should not be down to the manager.

"My view is that I don't think it should be a manager's decision whether you take a player off or not," Martinez said in a press conference. "If there is a strong view from the medical side that a player, when he gets concussed, should come off, I think we should look into it and make a rule."

Villas-Boas claimed yesterday that Everton's Romelu Lukaku could have avoided connecting his knee with Lloris when the pair collided during the clash.

Manager Andre Villas Boas of Spurs looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on October 20, 2013
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