HB, what I believe what you intended to write is that there are more protocols in place in the game now than there were 20 years ago. However, the protocols in place now do not make the game any safer now in my opinion (save for punishing the offender more effectively after the event). »
Absolutely disgraceful. Actions like this warrant the severe suspension, as well as legal action against them. A vicious blow to the head like that can cause life-altering damage and suffering and warrants legal action, regardless of whether it occurred during a match or not.