By Mark Smith

2nd May, 2022 | 11:00am

Keith Hackett wants Premier League change after Robin Koch head injury in Leeds United loss v Manchester City

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has called for major changes in the Premier League after Leeds United defender Robin Koch picked up another head injury against Manchester City.

The German clashed heads with Aymeric Laporte in the first half at Elland Road, with both staying down for minutes.

The ex-FIFA official has called for more work from independent doctors rather than personal club staff in these situations.

“You have to look at other sports like rugby and how they deal with them,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I think in those situations, we’ve got to have a working practise where those players actually come off the field of play.

“There is an independent doctor at the match and he needs to do the assessment, the club has the responsibility and duty of care towards its players, and people who come on the pitch have a skill level, but this requires more care.

“In the interest of the player and the asset that the club has, for me, I understand the need for the player to stay on, but I would like a better form of assessment.”


This is not the first time this has happened with Koch in the Premier League this season.

The German was forced off after trying to continue against Manchester United and was concussed from that blow.

Koch managed to play the entire 90 minutes on Saturday evening, but could independent regulators have changed that?

We never know the aftermath of collisions such as this one, and it could have led to the defender struggling yesterday.

Calls for change are getting louder up and down the country, and it won’t be long until it happens, hopefully stopping the worst from happening.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal