Newcastle star nearly swallowed his tongue but says clash of heads 'was worth it'

By Mirror: Monday, March 25th 2019 at 14:12 GMT +3 | Football
Schar was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Jemal Tabidze midway through the first half of Switzerland's 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win against Georgia in Tbilisi [Courtesy]

Fabian Schar has revealed he "can't remember anything" after an opposition player was forced to intervene to prevent him from swallowing his tongue.

Schar was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Jemal Tabidze midway through the first half of Switzerland's 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win against Georgia in Tbilisi.

The Newcastle defender was knocked unconscious by the collision and lay prone in the penalty area before Georgia midfielder Jano Ananidze reacted.

Ananidze realised the danger Schar was in and raced to the 27-year-old, inserting his hand into the defender's mouth to ensure that he did not swallow his tongue.

Schar has revealed he "can't remember anything" [Courtesy]

Remarkably both players stayed on the pitch following the clash of heads, with Schar completing the full 90 minutes.

But he admitted the incident had taken its toll.

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"It looks awful, I can't remember anything," Schar told Swiss newspaper Blick having watched the footage back.

"I was out for a few seconds. My skull is still humming.

"And I've got neck ache and a bruise on my forehead.

"But it was worth it."

Premier League referee Craig Pawson took charge of the game in Tbilisi, which Switzerland won 2-0 thanks to goals from Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria.

Tabidze, who plays for Russian Premier League side Ufa, played on even though he was left with a gash in his head from the 24th-minute incident.

He was eventually substituted in the 62nd minute.

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