Germany's Christoph Kramer has no memory of final's first half

By Evan Hilbert |

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Christoph Kramer was knocked to the pitch after a nasty collision. (Getty Images)

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Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer left Sunday's World Cup final after taking a nasty shot to the head. He almost certainly suffered a concussion.

That's not a huge deal on its face -- players get injured. There is contact in soccer. The problem is Kramer played for approximately 14 minutes after taking a blow to the face before coming off the field looking dazed.

Following the match, Kramer told German newspaper Die Welt that he has no memory of the game's first half.

"I can't really remember much of the game," he said, according to The Independent.

"I don't know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don't know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half."

Kramer admitted to the Associated Press, as well, that he didn't remember much from the game, then he also somewhat bizarrely wished his grandmother a happy birthday.

"I can't remember very much but it doesn't matter now," he told the AP. "I have to send regards to my grandmother. She has a birthday today and I couldn't reach her."

There has been plenty of crowing from ex-players and media regarding the lack of concussion protocols in soccer, and, as of now, FIFA doesn't seem to have much interest in putting any sort of safeguards in place. And this wasn't an isolated incident, as there were at least three other instances when players took head shots and remained on the field.

Given the wealth of knowledge we now have about the dangers of concussions, it's pretty obvious that something needs to change.

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