Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois is obviously not a signed up member of the Goalkeepers Union, after he questioned whether Liverpool ‘keeper Lorius Karius was really concussed during the Champions League final as has been claimed by medical professionals in Boston this week.
Karius made two horrific mistakes that lead directly to goals during his sides 3-1 loss to Real Madrid, although it is now being claimed that the German was concussed after a clash with Los Blancos skipper Sergio Ramos.
While concussion in sport is definitely a serious issue, it’s fair to say that these reports have been met with a mixed response from fans, with many quick to point out that Karius seemed fine when he was remonstrating with the match officials after his first error.
While Belgium international Courtois admitted he has sympathy with his Liverpool counterpart for making such high profile mistakes, at the same time he did not hide from the fact he seriously doubts whether Karius was actually suffering concussion:
“It happened to me with Alexis Sanchez – I had a concussion and I couldn’t see the ball, so after 20 minutes I went out of the game because I couldn’t see the ball,” he said.
“I feel sorry for what happened with him, but to blame it on concussion that he made those mistakes – he also made two amazing saves. So that was luck then? I don’t know because he couldn’t see the ball.
“It’s unfortunate for him to have made those mistakes but if you have concussion you will leave the game or the doctors will tell you, ‘Look, you cannot see clearly anymore, you must leave the game.’
“If they want to say it’s because of that, it’s OK. He said after the game he made two mistakes, I think everyone will accept that. It can happen as a goalkeeper but to blame it on a concussion now, I find it strange. But if medics say that from Boston, it’s OK.”