'Potentially Life Threatening'
That is the only word that I can possible think of that even comes close to describe how horrific the challenge was. The word I would be using to say what I think of the player, I`m not allowed to use!
The following is my brother, a trained first aider`s, views on the incident;
The player clearly has no intention of playing the ball but to catch Mendes in chest and send him flying. Not only did he miss the ball but he missed Mendes chest and caught him in the head. This knocked Mendes out instantly, hitting the floor unconscious. The problem with being unconscious is that the tongue, (which is a muscle) like any other muscle relaxes. When the tongue relaxes it naturally falls to the back of the mouth, covering the air ways. This is obviously a life threatening situation if the person air ways are not cleared. The Pompey medical team would have needed to make sure that Mendes was still able to breath, which would have been made harder by the player suffering a seizure (fit). The medical team would have been able to deal with this without too much difficulty. Presuming that the player hasn`t suffered any spinal or neck injury he should recover quickly!
Ben Thatcher is likely to escape punishment as the F.A rules state that the referee has already dealt with the incident and therefore no further action can be taken.
Many Pompey fans came onto Vital Pompey in the early hours of the morning to show their disgust towards the player.
It`s 11.08 am, and I haven`t seen an apology from the player yet!?!
It goes without saying that everyone on Vital Pompey wishes Mendes a healthy and speedy recovery!
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