Christian Eriksen: Denmark midfielder stable after collapsing during Euro 2020 game

12 June 2021, 19:11 | Updated: 12 June 2021, 23:29

Eriksen received medical treatment
Eriksen received medical treatment. Picture: PA

By Will Taylor

Christian Eriksen is "stabilised" after collapsing during a Euro 2020 game, which restarted with players' consent.

Attempts to resuscitate the midfielder got under way and play in the match against Finland was suspended.

The Inter Milan star received CPR on the pitch at Copenhagen and players on both sides were left visibly distressed.

UEFA confirmed that 29-year-old Eriksen was "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," a statement said.

Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA's president, said: "Moments like this put everything in life into perspective."

Wishing Eriksen a speedy recovery, he noted that both countries' fans had chanted the player's name in the stadium. Play resumed later on Saturday, with Finland winning 1-0.

Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand, in tears during the post-match press conference, said: "It was a really tough evening, on which we've all been reminded what the most important things in life are.

"It's meaningful relationships. It's those people who are close to us. It's family and friends.

"Everything, everything, everything - all thoughts are with Christian and his family."

Players waited anxiously as medics went to help Eriksen
Players waited anxiously as medics went to help Eriksen. Picture: PA
Medics scrambled to help the midfielder
Medics scrambled to help the midfielder. Picture: PA

The Danish football association tweeted an update which read: "Christian Eriksen is awake and is (set) for further examinations at Rigshospitalet (hospital)."

Later, UEFA confirmed: "Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC).

"The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half."

The Belgium v Russia game also went ahead tonight.

Referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and the player underwent prolonged treatment as teammates shielded him from spectators.

Fans were shown stunned at what unfolded, with some in tears.

Distraught fans looked on
Distraught fans looked on. Picture: PA
A screen told fans the game had been suspended
A screen told fans the game had been suspended. Picture: PA

England captain Harry Kane, who played with Eriksen at Spurs, tweeted: "Chris. I'm sending all my love to you and your family. Stay strong mate."

England's Football Association released a statement, which read: "Our thoughts this evening are with Christian Eriksen and his family, and all connected with the Danish Football Union."

Eriksen's club Inter Milan tweeted a praying hands emoji and added: "Forza Chris, all of our thoughts are with you!"

Christian Eriksen's former club, Tottenham, tweeted: "All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family."

Fabrice Muamba, the ex-Bolton midfielder who collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during a televised game in 2012, tweeted: "Please God."

A pre-match press conference for England, which was due to take place at 6.45pm, was cancelled after the incident.