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Dutch World Cup Player Laughs Off Controversial Headwear

Nov 13, 2023

Dutch soccer player Daniëlle van de Donk wore a swim cap late in Thursday’s Women’s World Cup match against the United States ― and it wasn’t for style points.

She and U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle collided late in the eventual 1-1 tie, prompting van de Donk to bleed noticeably from her head.

She said the medical team arrived and she heard “swim cap! swim cap!” Despite her “No!” van de Donk relented, she said in an interview posted by ESPN.

“It’s bleeding too much so I couldn’t continue the game without it,” van de Donk said, per USA Today.

“Plus, it’s fashionable,” she said with a laugh.

But the Concussion Legacy Foundation was not amused by the medical staff’s actions.

“This calls for a legitimate concussion evaluation,” the foundation wrote. “At least a temporary substitution. Not a swim cap and a pat on the back.” (Teams are given a concussion substitution beyond the regular allotment of five substitutions but none of them is temporary.)

Netherlands medical staff cleared Daniëlle van de Donk to return as she bled from a tough head to head collision.This calls for a legitimate concussion evaluation. At least a temporary substitution. Not a swim cap and a pat on the back. #WWC2023

It wasn’t the first time a swim cap has been worn to contain bleeding on the pitch.

Van de Donk also went viral for an earlier hit on Lindsey Horan that stoked the American’s anger and desire to score.

Van de Donk's foul on Horan, because I couldn't find the clip anywhere else in the US

A short time later, Horan headed in the equalizer.

🗣🎙 "The best way to send a message is to put this ball in the back of the net if you're Lindsey Horan." @alywagner perfectly called @LindseyHoran's goal for the @USWNT 🇺🇸

General Assignment Reporter, HuffPost

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