Dundee has expressed “serious concerns” to the Scottish Football Association over the failure to immediately stop the game following Michael Mellon’s head injury during the Premiership match against St Johnstone on Sunday.
Dundee manager Tony Docherty described the injury, which left striker Mellon unconscious at Dens Park, as “almost life-threatening”.
The SFA stated it will respond directly to the Dens Park club, but the governing body does not intend to make any further statements on the matter.
Mellon required treatment after a clash of heads with St Johnstone captain Liam Gordon, with referee David Munro failing to stop the game immediately.
The match was eventually halted after Dundee’s club doctor, Derek McCormack, rushed onto the field, resulting in a lengthy delay while the player received treatment.
Dundee confirmed that the 20-year-old Mellon has now been discharged from the hospital, and the club has contacted the SFA to outline their concerns.
“Michael sustained a significant head injury in yesterday’s match against St Johnstone, but thanks to the swift intervention by Dr. McCormack and the medical team, his condition was stabilized, and he was transferred to Ninewells Hospital Emergency Department,” the club said in a statement.
“Following specialist investigations, he was discharged with appropriate head injury advice. He will continue his recovery under the supervision of the club’s medical team in accordance with concussion protocols.z z z z z z z z z z z
“The club is currently writing to the Scottish FA in the strongest terms to express its serious concerns that the game was not stopped to allow immediate attention to Michael after what was clearly a dreadful head clash.”