WATCH - EPCR claims Morgan Parra was correctly allowed to return to game after head knock
The EPCR have ruled that Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra was correctly allowed to return to the field after a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) during last weekend's Champions Cup clash with Northampton.
Parra's head connected with Luther Burrell's knee as he attempted to tackle the Saints' centre and referee Ben Whitehouse commented that he had been 'knocked unconscious'.
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BT Sport commentator Ben Kay said on TV at the time: "The referee said he was unconscious, he's not allowed to come back on to the field. The referee has the power to say he cannot continue."
The rules state that if a player is knocked unconscious there is no grounds for a HIA but Parra underwent the tests and returned to the game.
In a statement released today, the EPCR said that two doctors from Alligin Performance had examined Parra and determined that he had not lost consciousness in the incident.
The statement read: "An independent review has found that the ASM Clermont Auvergne scrum half, Morgan Parra, was correctly permitted to return to the field of play after an initial Head Injury Assessment (HIA) revealed no loss of consciousness on the part of the player during his club's Champions Cup, Round 2 match against Northampton Saints on Saturday, 21 October.
"Parra passed the first stage of the HIA after leaving the field of play in the 27th minute of the match at Stade Marcel-Michelin. As the criteria for a permanent removal of the player were not satisfied, the Clermont medical staff then decided that was he was fit to return.
"Any head injury event that occurs during matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup is subject to an independent review process managed by the UK-based company, Alligin Performance.
"The event involving Parra was referred in the first instance by Alligin Performance to Dr Mike Rossiter, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine, who concluded that the clinical decision-making process was correct in allowing Parra to return to the field of play. Dr Rossiter viewed all available video imagery from the match and also sought detailed information from the ASM Clermont Auvergne medical representative, Dr Eliot Rubio.
"Following Dr Rossiter's review, a second independent review was undertaken by Dr David Jones with the same outcome.
"While an audible comment from match referee, Ben Whitehouse, at the time of the event may have led to some confusion, Alligin Performance commended the official as he clearly stopped the match out of concern for the player's welfare."