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EPL adopts concussion rules

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LONDON - Players suspected of having lost consciousness during Premier League games will be compulsorily substituted under new rules concerning concussion published by the Football Association on Tuesday. 

Chelsea's English defender John Terry lies injured after taking a knock to the head during the English Premier League football match on December 28, 2009

After a number of cases last season and at the World Cup when players continued to play after taking heavy blows to the head, the FA has tightened up its procedures in order to reduce the risk of concussion. The new guidelines state: "If there has been a confirmed or suspected period of loss of consciousness, the player must be removed from the field of play, and not be allowed to return.

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