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"Five, six hours, gone. Totally gone," the Morocco midfielder said of the concussion sustained in his team's opening match against Iran.

"When you think about it, it is a little bit scary."

Five days after a clash of heads sent him to hospital for a brain scan and 24 hours of medical supervision, the 31-year-old was back in the Moroccan lineup Wednesday and played the entire match in a 1-0 loss to Portugal, in defiance of FIFA guidelines and his team doctor.

The players' union, FIFPro, was highly critical of what it called "yet another alarming example of a player being put in harm's way."

Despite having expressed shock about Morocco's initial pitch-side treatment of Amrabat's concussion last Friday, tournament organizer FIFA absolved itself of any responsibility in the team decision to field him again so quickly. Amrabat wore a padded skull cap for a quarter-hour but took it off because he was too hot.

After the initial concussion diagnosis, Morocco team doctor Abderrazak Hefti had said Amrabat wouldn't even train for a week.

But the player said that he overruled the physician.

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This wasn't the first time that concussion management in football has come under the spotlight at the World Cup. Jolted by criticism of concussion cases at the 2014 tournament , FIFA introduced guidelines intended to provide players with better protection and give team doctors more authority.

Moroccan team officials appeared to ignore the guidelines after Amrabat collided with Iran midfielder Vahid Amiri on Friday. Television images showed the apparently dazed Amrabat being sprayed with water and slapped on the face, seemingly to wake him from his stupor.

"There was a very clear concussion and we have instructed them very clearly and we spoke about the importance of proper treatment, which is why I was surprised at seeing the behavior on the touchline," FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe said Wednesday.

"We wrote to them after that to say it appeared the guidelines were not correctly followed," he said. "I will now ask for an explanation from the Moroccan team doctor about what has happened so that he played again."

He added: "FIFA has no authority over this. We produce the guidelines but it is the team doctors who make the decision."

FIFPro said Amrabat shouldn't have played again so soon.

"Four years on from the debacle of the last World Cup, where several players did not receive adequate care, football has not made sufficient progress in concussion management," FIFPro said. "Repeated calls to implement world-class standards have been overlooked."

The new case comes amid rising concern in soccer about the risks of concussion and the potential degenerative damage to players' brains from repeatedly heading balls. Britain's associations are funding a study to try to determine whether players are more prone to developing dementia.

Other sports have more rigorous concussion protocols.

NFL players with concussion symptoms during a game are examined both by the team doctor and an independent neuro-trauma expert approved by the league. The team doctor decides whether a player suffered a concussion [url=http://www.dolphinscheapstore.com/reshad-jones-jersey-cheap]Reshad Jones Jersey[/url] , with consultation from the independent expert. Players diagnosed with concussions start a five-step protocol that includes additional testing as the player progresses from light exercise to football contact. There is no time limit, but it generally takes five days or more. The NFL diagnosed 281 concussions during the 2017 season.

Amrabat said his brain scan showed no damage. But he said he cannot remember anything from the Iran game, "from the first minute 'til I wake up in the hospital."

To broadcaster NOS, he added: "On the bench I asked the same thing 10 times. After the match in the changing room I asked where I sat and I asked my brother six times if he'd gone on as a substitute."

"I have a bit of pain here if I press it," he said running his finger along the area just left of his left eye, "but in the end you want to play in a match like this. I had a helmet sent over from the Netherlands. But in the end . I felt more tired than normal, quite quickly, heavy legs. But generally it went reasonably well."

Herve Renard, the team's French coach, praised Amrabat as "a warrior."

"It's because his spirit is amazing and I was lucky to have a player like this."

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For the Chicago Cubs, the last few days have felt like Christmas in July.

The team has won five games in a row and will try to stretch it to six on Wednesday afternoon in a Fourth of July matinee.

“Everything is believable,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters when asked about his team’s recent hot streak. “We believe in everything right now. Santa Claus is absolutely true.

“When you get to that point and you get that kind of confidence, you don’t want to do anything to nick it.”

Chicago (48-35) has climbed 13 games above .500 to match its high-water mark. The Cubs have a chance to set a new high when they host the Detroit Tigers (38-49) in the finale of a two-game series at Wrigley Field.

All of the Cubs’ five wins during the streak have been in come-from-behind fashion.

“One of our concepts is to score first,” Maddon said. “One of our concepts is to win the inning. But I think this is maybe the residue of our starting pitching not being what it probably is. We’ve given up more runs early from our starters that we didn’t anticipate happening.

“But it’s a tightly knit group. They’re there to pick everybody else up. So, OK, they’ve scored a couple runs. There’s no quit. The chatter in the dugout is great, all that stuff is outstanding. I just think that the come-from-behind component right now is based on our starters not pitching to their capabilities yet.”

That said, the Cubs will look for a solid start from left-hander Jose Quintana (6-6, 4.31 ERA) in his 17th start of the season. The 29-year-old has allowed three earned runs or fewer in nine of his past 12 starts.

In 18 career starts against the Tigers, Quintana is 5-5 with a 4.37 ERA. The Colombia native has walked 26 and struck out 82 in 111 1/3 innings.

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More than a few teams could be scouting the 34-year-old Liriano as the trade deadline approaches. He is coming off a quality start against the Toronto Blue Jays but has not logged a victory since April 17 against the Baltimore Orioles.

In 14 career starts against the Cubs, Liriano is 5-4 with a 3.27 ERA. He most recently faced the club in 2016, when he posted an 0-2 record with a 7.63 ERA in three starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays.

The Tigers could turn to a six-man rotation in the next couple weeks, which is fine with Liriano.

“I think that would work,” Liriano said recently to mlive.com. “It wouldn’t bother me at all. I don’t know about any other guys. (Blaine) Hardy has been doing a great job, so it’s hard to put him in the bullpen with the way he’s throwing the ball right now. I think that’s a great idea.”

Injured Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) is not expected to play Wednesday. He is hitting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

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