• December 10, 2023

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapses, Euro 2021 match suspended

A Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Finland was suspended after Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field and was treated.

UEFA said in a statement that Eriksen had been moved to hospital and stabilized, while the Danish association added that he was awake and undergoing further investigation.

Eriksen had gone on a throw-in near the sideline in the 43rd minute when he seemed to stagger and then fell forward onto the field. When Eriksen collapsed, some teammates called and motioned the coaches on the sidelines to ask for help. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately whistled and stopped the game.

Some players looked visibly upset and in tears as the coaches performed chest compressions and CPR on Eriksen, who was lying on the grass. The players formed a circle to hide cameras and provide privacy when Eriksen was treated.

Shortly afterwards, the ESPN cameras cut off as the coaches continued to treat Eriksen, who was eventually taken from his seat on a stretcher, to the applause of the crowd.

While Eriksen was being treated, the Finnish players crowded around their bench before finally leaving the field.

UEFA announced that the game, which will be played at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, will be suspended due to a medical emergency. UEFA later said a crisis meeting had taken place with both teams and match officials.

Eriksen, 29, has played over 100 games for the Danish national team and plays for Inter Milan, the current Italian champions.

This story evolves and is updated

Jack

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