Alvaro Pereira Takes a Knee to the Head from Raheem Sterling, Stays on Pitch

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterJune 19, 2014

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JUNE 19:  Alvaro Pereira of Uruguay receives treatment during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Uruguay and England at Arena de Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Uruguayan defender Alvaro Pereira took a vicious knee straight to the face from Raheem Sterling, then stayed in the match after being completely dazed on the pitch. 

GIF: Pereira stays in after getting brutally kneed straight in the temple.

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 19, 2014



— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) June 19, 2014


After being attended to, Pereira angrily gestured toward the sidelines to not be subbed off and eventually came back on. 

Álvaro Pereira momentarily down on the pitch after taking a knee to the head. He's asking to stay on. #URUvsEng

— Yahoo Soccer (@YahooSoccer) June 19, 2014

The hit was serious, though, and it begs the question whether or not Pereira should have been allowed to continue.

No way Periera should be allowed to play on here. Medic said no, ref should take control here.

— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) June 19, 2014

Retired American Taylor Twellman, who has a history of concussions, was critical of Pereira being allowed to come back on.

Hey @SeppBlatter let me know when you want to address head injuries in our game. Perreira should've been taken off. Has to stop. #URUvsENG

— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) June 19, 2014