Christian Eriksen posts on social media for first time since Euro 2020 collapse
Christian Eriksen has taken to social media to provide an update on his condition after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 clash with Finland on Saturday. The Inter Milan midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest and his heart had to be restarted by a defibrillator on the pitch.
Eriksen was rushed to hospital and the match was suspended by several hours until they got the green light that the 29-year-old was in a stable condition.
Denmark players received a FaceTime from their team-mate in hospital and he apparently told them to continue the match, which was stopped in the 41st minute.
And now the former Tottenham ace has taken to social media to back his country and provide an update on his condition.
“Hello everyone,” Eriksen wrote. “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world.
“It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through examinations at the hospital but I feel okay.
“Now I will cheer on the boys in the Denmark team in the next matches.
“Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”
Denmark went on to lose their opening Euro 2020 match 1-0 and striker Martin Braithwaite was angry that his team were made to continue.
“I am still emotional about the situation,” said the Barcelona forward. “Most importantly Christian is feeling better and therefore I am feeling better too.
“His health is the most important thing of all. It was important for me personally to see that he felt better via video. I had some pictures in my head from last Saturday that I would like to get rid of.
“We were all about to lose a friend and a team-mate. It’s not something you normally think of on a football pitch. Joy and love are normal. No one can prepare for what happened.”
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand revealed that his side were given to options; to play on that same evening or return for a midday kick off the next day and branded it “absolutely ridiculous”.
Braithwaite added: “None of the options were good. We took the least bad one. There were lots of players who were unable to play. We were in a bad place. We made the least bad decision.
“We were told we had to make a decision. That’s the only thing I can say. I wished there was a third option. Because I did not want to go out again. But Uefa said there were two options.
“We made a decision because we knew we would not be able to sleep that night.”
A Uefa spokesperson told the BBC: “Uefa is sure it treated the matter with utmost respect for the sensitive situation and for the players. It was decided to restart the match only after the two teams requested to finish the game on the same evening.
“The players’ need for 48 hours’ rest between matches eliminated other options.”
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