Was Champions League Loss Really Karius’ Fault?


Doctor’s report surfaces stating Karius was concussed

A statement released on Monday has confirmed that Karius had been concussed during the Champions Final. It was released by Dr Zafonte and with the player’s permission to shine some light on the situation.

The report read: “On May 31, 2018 Mr Karius underwent a comprehensive examination by Dr Ross Zafonte and Dr Lenore Herget in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. After carefully reviewing game film and integrating a detailed history – including his reported present and immediate post-contact subjective symptoms – physical examination and objective metrics, we have concluded that Mr Karius sustained a concussion during the match 26 May 2018.

“At the time of our evaluation Mr Karius’s principal residual symptoms and objective signs suggested that visual spatial dysfunction existed and likely occurred immediately following the event. Additional symptomatic and objectively noted areas of dysfunction also persisted. It could be possible that such deficits would affect performance.

“We also note that Mr Karius has reported significant and steady improvement since the concussive event, and we expect him to make a full recovery based on the results of the examination. We expect that with treatment and by following prescribed activity protocols he will continue to improve. We have encouraged vigilance and an emphasis on safety in his eventual return to full activity.”

So, what does this mean for Karius?

The news surely will have a lot of people questioning their emotions towards Karius. Following the defeat, Karius was emotionally tormented and tantalised by some fans, receiving hate mail and death threats. However, this news seems to prove that it wasn’t actually his fault.

Dr Zafonte said Karius had suffered from “visual-spatial dysfunction”, a process which hampers a person’s ability to process visual information about where objects are in space. Although doctors have not yet pinpointed the moment he was concussed, there is an indication that it could very well have happened when Karius collided with Real defender Sergio Ramos early in the second half.  Despite all of this there will still be doubt to whether Karius is simply making an excuse for his performance. So, will Karius be able to carry on with his career or will he forever be labelled as the keeper who made two horrendous errors during the Champions League?





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