Iran goalkeeper's sickening clash of heads with his team-mate

Sickening moment Iran’s goalkeeper clashes heads with his team-mate in England’s World Cup opener – but BBC’s Jermaine Jenas slams ‘joke’ medical team for initially letting him PLAY ON after a 10-minute delay

  • England’s opening game against Iran was delayed by over 10 minutes early on
  • Two Iranian players clashed heads trying to defend a cross from Harry Kane
  • Goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and defender Majid Hosseini clashed heads
  • Beiranvand played on before collapsing again and having to be substituted
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England’s opening World Cup match saw a lengthy early delay after a brutal clash of heads between Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and team-mate Majid Hosseini.

In the eighth minute of the game, the two Iranian players smashed into each other when trying to clear a Harry Kane cross, and lengthy checks resulted in a delay of 10 minutes.

Bizarrely, both players continued, before Beiranvand collapsed again, unable to continue, and had to be substituted in the 18th minute. 

Play had resumed for around 30 seconds before he had decided that he had to come off.

Iran players Alireza Beiranvand (left) and Majid Hosseini collided early on against England

 Both players had eyes for the ball but clashed heads just eight minutes into the Group B game

Goalkeeper Beiranvand was on the floor and collapsed 30 seconds after play continued

Beiranvand came running out of his goal to try and claim the cross, but got nowhere near the ball and ended up clattering into Hosseini, who was running back towards his own goal.

Both players had eyes for the ball, which resulted in the collision, delay, and eventual substitution.

He was taken off on a stretcher with hands on his head. He was replaced by deputy goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini. 

The clash drew blood from Beiranvand, who was bizarrely allowed to play on despite bleeding

Beiranvand was eventually stretchered off and replaced by his deputy, Hossein Hosseini

Jermaine Jenas, on commentary for the game on BBC, slammed the medical staff for allowing the goalkeeper to continue.

He said: ‘It’s out of order, it’s the responsibility of the medical team to make the right decision and get him off. He shouldn’t even be on the pitch now. 

‘I think it’s a joke, I really do. It’s really unacceptable, we’ve said our piece on it but it really is. 

Jermaine Jenas slammed the Iran medical staff’s decision to allow the 30-year-old to carry on playing

‘It doesn’t matter that he signalled to Carlos Quieroz. And it’s not sending a nice message to the goalkeeper coming in with his hands on his head like that. 

‘His last involvement was to save his team a goal so it was a huge involvement – you can see why Carlos would be disappointed but it was the right call. And it was the right call ten minutes ago.’

Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton tweeted: ‘Football’s concussion procedures are an embarrassment. Where is the if in doubt sit it out procedures… I’ll say it again the football authorities do not care about their players.’

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