The “Euro 2020” football match was stopped on Saturday evening after the Danish football player Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field, “the medical staff fought to resuscitate him in front of the” fans “of the shocked players”.
The end of the first half of the Denmark-Finland match in Copenhagen was stopped on Saturday, when Eriksen fell to the ground and started shaking.
Several players immediately called English referee Anthony Taylor for help. The medical staff rushed to the field and saw that he was performing CPR for a few minutes.
Eriksen’s Danish teammates formed a panel to ensure the secrecy of thousands of supporters in the stands. The TV coverage of the game ended shortly after.
The Danish Football Association later said that Eriksen was “awake” in the hospital, where his condition was “stable”.
UEFA said that the match will resume after consulting with the teams. The players returned to the field as fans of both teams chanted Eriksen’s name.
Eriksen, 29, is a stellar player who has won the Italian Serie A football league with Inter Milan this season. Known as a creative midfielder, he has represented his country 108 times, as he has played in leading European clubs such as English “Tottenham Hotspur” and Dutch “Ajax”.
The match between Denmark and Finland was the third match of Euro 2020, a one-month tournament that started on Friday, with 24 national teams playing in 11 European cities.
Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the competition was postponed for a year, and strict health and hygiene protocols were adopted to prevent the outbreak among the teams.