UEFA Euro 2020: Christian Eriksen continues to remain stable following on-field collapse against Finland
Christian Eriksen was the headline of Matchday 2 of UEFA Euro 2020, having collapsed during Denmark’s match against Finland. While he was stretchered off, he is reported to be stable after being hospitalised. Unfortunately, Denmark lost the game 0-1.
Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen was the talk in the football world on Saturday after he collapsed on-field during his side’s 2020 UEFA Euro clash against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Although it is unclear what exactly happened, he is doing stable for now.
It all happened just moments before the half-time whistle, as the Inter Milan player seemingly collapsed by the touchline and became unresponsive. He was immediately attended by his teammates, along with the Finland players, as the medical team rushed in and performed Cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.
While he was stretchered off the field, the play was suspended for a couple of hours before resuming. Unfortunately, Eriksen’s health scare seemingly rattled the Danish players as they succumbed to a 0-1 defeat.
Denmark’s team doctor described the incident to AFP, as he said, “We were called on the pitch when Christian fell down, I didn’t see myself, but it was pretty clear he was unconscious. When I get to him, he’s on his side. He is breathing and I can see pulse, but suddenly, that changes, and as everyone saw, we started giving him CPR. The help came really, really fast from the medical team and the rest of the football staff, and with their cooperation, we did what we did to do. We managed to get Christan back.”
Meanwhile, the Union of European Football Associations confirmed that Eriksen has been hospitalised and is in a stable condition, besides wishing him a speedy recovery. “The match has been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark’s, Christian Eriksen. The player is now in hospital and in a stable condition. UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude,” it said in a tweet.
Aleksander Čeferin, the UEFA President, too, gave his reaction to the incident, as he said, “Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith……At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”
In the meantime, Inter’s physio Piero Volpi told AP that the club is in contact with the Danish football federation over Eriksen’s condition. “We’re in contact with the Danish federation, the team manager, the team physician. But, we still don’t know anything yet. We heard what UEFA said, and we’re all happy that he’s been stabilised. But, that’s all we know,” he said.
Also, FIFPRO, the global players’ union, has warned that organisers should care about player’s health and welfare while the crunch calendar is doing more harm to them. “For the last four years... players around the world have told us how the competition calendar does not adequately cater to, or even consider, their needs. Conditions in and around the game leave you mentally and physically exhausted,” said Jonas Baerr-Hoffman, FIFPro general secretary, in a letter.
Later, during Belgium’s match against Russia, Romelu Lukaku scored a brace to help his side thrash the Russians 2-0. After scoring one of his goals, he dedicated it to his Inter teammate Eriksen, saying, “Chris. Strength, boy. Love you.”
“I was scared, obviously. You live strong moments together. I spent more time with him than with my family. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him,” he said after the game.
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