Christian Eriksen in stable condition in hospital after collapsing during match

Denmark midfielder collapsed during the Euro 2020 game against Finland.  Danish FA says Eriksen is awake and waiting more tests in hospital.
Christian Eriksen in stable condition in hospital after collapsing during match

Fans react as Christian Eriksen receives medical treatment after collapsing 

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has been "transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised" after collapsing on the pitch during their Euro 2020 match against Finland, UEFA has announced.

Eriksen was given treatment for about 10 minutes after collapsing on the field before being carried off on a stretcher.  UEFA then announced the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency.”  

A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats until further information could be provided.

Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell face-forward onto the ground. His teammates immediately gestured for help and medics rushed onto the field. Eriksen was given chest compressions as his teammates stood around him in a shielding wall for privacy. 

The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while Eriksen was still getting treatment, as did the referees.

Eriksen was eventually carried off to a loud ovation, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher.

UEFA tweeted in the past hour that Eriksen is now being treated in hospital 

Meanwhile the Danish FA says Eriksen is awake and waiting more tests in hospital.

Martin Schoots, Eriksen's agent, told Danish radio that "Christian Eriksen breathes and can speak. He's awake".

Former Arsenal and England physiotherapist Gary Lewin, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live heaped praise on the medics at the stadium

He said: "The medical team will have gone into what we call the 'emergency action plan'. Every team and stadium has an action plan. The medical team will have tried to stabilise him on the pitch. I have to commend the players, the way they protected him and stood around him, I thought was incredible. It showed amazing team spirit.

"Once the team have stabilised him, they would have got him into the cardiac position as soon as they possibly could. I think that's obviously where he is now. I believe the early reports are he is conscious, so let's cross our fingers.

"The picture of him leaving the ground with oxygen, that's another sign that whatever happened, the action taken by the medical team was very, very quick and very, very efficient.

"All I can say is what an amazing job they all did."

UEFA have just confirmed that the match will resume later tonight. 

Meanwhile the BBC has apologised after complaints that it continued to broadcast as  Eriksen received treatment during his country’s Euro 2020 game in Copenhagen, saying: “We apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast. In-stadium coverage is controlled by Uefa as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the match was suspended, we took our coverage off air as quickly as possible.”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin 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.”

More in this section

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up
IE_logo_newsletters

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox