Concussion substitutes could be trialed in Olympics soccer

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — Concussion substitutes could be trialled in soccer at the Tokyo Olympics, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said ahead of a meeting of the game’s lawmakers on Saturday.

The International Football Association Board has been assessing studies into the prevalence of former footballers suffering from dementia and how the sport can address concerns about the long-term impact of head injuries.

“This is a subject that needs to be discussed more and trialled as well,” Infantino said on Friday. “Personally I believe more in permanent (substitutes) than temporary. That’s my personal view. Maybe it’s important there are trials before next season.

“We have the Olympic Games for example where we could, as FIFA, trial something like that and
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