DOHA, Qatar – Iran goalkeeper Ali Beranvand was injured and left the field in Monday’s World Cup opener against England after a head clash with a teammate.
Biranvand initially tried to continue the game despite the game being stopped for several minutes as he received treatment after colliding with Majid Hussaini at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Iranian team doctors and captain Ehsan Hajisafi confronted the keeper, who appeared to be in distress with a bloody nose. At one point, Hajisafi splashed water on Birananda’s face.
With Badil Hossein Hosseini on the sidelines and ready to come on, Iran decided to leave Biranund on the field, a move that appears to be in breach of FIFA’s compliance protocols.
“If there are signs or symptoms of brain damage, or a concussion injury is suspected despite the absence of signs or symptoms, the doctor/physician must remove the player from the field for a more detailed examination (if available, (concentration alternative use./necessary),” states the governing body’s guidance.
However, Beranwand continued briefly before asking to be taken down moments later, falling to the ground and eventually leaving the field on a stretcher.