'We should not have played': Denmark doctor says Christian Eriksen 'was gone'

Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and that “he was gone” prior to being resuscitated.
'We should not have played': Denmark doctor says Christian Eriksen 'was gone'

Denmark players react after the collapsing of their teammate Christian Eriksen during the Euro 2020 match. Picture: Friedemann Vogel/Pool via AP

Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and that “he was gone” prior to being resuscitated.

Eriksen collapsed on Saturday during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match with Finland before being treated on the pitch and taken to hospital, where his condition has since been described as “stable”.

At a press conference arranged by the Danish football federation on Sunday afternoon, Boesen said: “He was gone. We did cardiac resuscitation, it was a cardiac arrest.

“How close were we to losing him? I don’t know, but we got him back after one defib, so that’s quite fast.”

Boesen added: “We don’t have any explanation why it happened. The details about what happened I am not quite sure of because I am not a cardiologist, I will leave that to the experts. I didn’t see it live, only on screens afterwards.”

The team doctor revealed that Denmark’s players and staff were visited by a psychologist on Saturday night, and in hindsight feels the game should not have resumed.

“I don’t think the right decision was to play the game,” Boesen said. “We have had help from a psychological point of view at the hotel last night. Everyone expressed their feelings and how they saw the situation, and everyone was pleased we did this and talked it through.

“We really appreciated the professional help we have had from the outside.”

Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand agreed that the match should not have been completed after the incident, and said the squad would try to use what happened as motivation for their next game against Belgium on Thursday.

“No, we should not have played,” he said. “We will try tomorrow to establish normality as much as possible. Players have different reactions to shocks and trauma but we will try to get back to normal as much as possible.

“I get the feelings from the players that maybe the time is too short to try to play football again, but maybe we can use it as a force to get together and try to go out and do our best in the next match.”

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