Doctors Let This Uruguayan Defender Play After Taking A Nasty Knee To The Head

Álvaro Pereira appeared to suffer a concussion after taking the blow, but stayed in the game.

1. In the 62nd minute of his team’s match against England, Uruguayan defender Álvaro Pereira took an accidental knee to the head from Raheem Sterling. / Via ESPN
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4. Pereira remained motionless on the ground for about a minute after the collision.


5. When he eventually got to his feet, doctors attempted to call for a substitution, but Pereira overruled them.


6. Many on Twitter immediately criticized doctors for allowing Pereira to continue playing after he appeared to suffer a concussion.

10. In Spanish, some started using the hashtag #loshuevosdepereira — “the balls of Pereira” — to praise the Uruguayan player for his toughness.

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