World Cup: Iran keeper clashes with team-mate and forces 10-minute delay in England opener

Sickening moment Iranian goalkeeper clashes with team-mate in England World Cup opener – but BBC’s Jermaine Jenas slams medical team ‘kidding’ for initially letting him PLAY after 10 days behind minutes

England’s World Cup opener suffered a long delay at the start after a brutal clash between Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand and team-mate Majid Hosseini.

In the eighth minute of the match, the two Iranian players collided trying to clear a Harry Kane crossing, and lengthy checks resulted in a 10-minute delay.

Oddly, both players continued, before Beiranvand again collapsed, unable to continue, and had to be substituted in the 18th minute.

The game had resumed for about 30 seconds before he decided he had to get out.

Iranian players Alireza Beiranvand and Majid Hosseini came to blows early against England

Iran players Alireza Beiranvand (left) and Majid Hosseini clashed early against England

The Iranian stopper had a bad header clash with defender Majid Hosseini early in the game

Both players had their eyes on the ball but faced off just eight minutes into the Group B game

He tried to continue playing but collapsed after 30 seconds of play and resumed with him unable to play.

Goalkeeper Beiranvand was on the ground and collapsed 30 seconds after play continued

Beiranvand ran out of his goal in an attempt to claim the cross but did not approach the ball and ended up hitting Hosseini, who was running towards his own goal.

Both players had their eyes on the ball which led to a collision, a delay and a possible substitution.

He was carried on a stretcher with his hands on his head. He was replaced by assistant goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini.

The clash drew the blood of Beiranvand, who was bizarrely allowed to play despite bleeding

The clash drew the blood of Beiranvand, who was bizarrely allowed to play despite bleeding

Beiranvand was eventually dismissed and replaced by his deputy, Hossein Hosseini

Beiranvand was eventually dismissed and replaced by his deputy, Hossein Hosseini

Jermaine Jenas, commenting on the match on the BBC, criticized the medical staff for allowing the goalkeeper to continue.

He said: “It’s out of order, it’s the responsibility of the medical team to make the right decision and get him out.” He shouldn’t even be in the field now.

“I think it’s a joke, really. It’s really unacceptable, we’ve had our say on it, but it really is.

Jermaine Jenas has criticized the decision by Iranian medical staff to allow the 30-year-old to continue playing

Jermaine Jenas has criticized the decision by Iranian medical staff to allow the 30-year-old to continue playing

“It doesn’t matter that he signaled to Carlos Quieroz. And it’s not sending a nice message to the goalkeeper who arrives with his hands on his head like that.

“His last involvement was saving a goal for his team, so that was a huge involvement – you can see why Carlos would be disappointed, but it was the right decision. And it was the right call ten minutes ago .

sports mail Columnist Chris Sutton tweeted: “Football concussion procedures are embarrassing.” Where are the procedures in case of doubt… I repeat, the football authorities do not care about their players.

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