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Germany's Christoph Kramer 'can't remember much' of World Cup final

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer is a world champion but unfortunately, he doesn't remember most of Sunday's World Cup final win against Argentina.

Like winning a World Cup betting, the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was drafted in for his first competitive start at international level after Sami Khedira hurt his ankle in the warm-up.

But Kramer was knocked out cold in the 14th minute after taking a shoulder to the jaw from Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay.

The 23-year-old walked in two different directions on the way off the field, but was shamefully allowed to play on when he came to.

He then continued playing for 14 minutes before slumping to the ground and was finally taken off.

"I can't really remember much of the game," Kramer told German newspaper Welt.

"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."

The fact that Kramer was allowed back onto the pitch is frightening and incredibly dangerous.

It's suggested by the Sports Legacy Institute that the human brain needs at least two weeks to recover from a concussion - not two minutes.

Athletes who have played on after suffering a concussion have experienced many awful repercussions, including dementia, depression, and death.

Lingering injuries from concussions have also ended a number of top players' careers, including that of former USA forward Taylor Twellman.

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