Gary Lineker apologises for Christian Eriksen images shown on BBC at Euro 2020

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Gary Lineker has issued an apology for the BBC’s coverage of Christian Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday. The 29-year-old fell to the floor in the closing stages of the first half, with TV cameras showing multiple images of medics attempting to resuscitate the midfielder on the turf.

Eriksen is now awake after being stablilised and transferred to hospital, with both UEFA and the Danish Football Union confirming the news via Twitter.

The match was quickly suspended but was given the green light to resume at 7.30pm upon the request of both teams.

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Lineker, who is leading BBC One’s coverage of the match, has apologised to viewers after the distressing images of Eriksen receiving emergency medical treatment were shown on multiple occasions.

“We will be back on air at 7.25 on @bbcone,” tweeted Lineker.

“I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too). Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control.

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“They should have stayed on a wide [shot] of the stadium. Apologies.”

The distressing incident has shocked the football world, with a number of high-profile names expressing their support for Eriksen in the immediate aftermath.

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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba posted a message on Twitter, writing: “Fight for your life #eriksen we will pray for you.”

Meanwhile, Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during an FA Cup match while playing for Bolton Wanderers in 2012, simply tweeted: “Please God.”

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Speaking as the TV cameras cut back to the BBC studio after the incident, Lineker’s colleague Alex Scott struggled to find the right words to describe what she had just seen.

“I can’t believe what we’re witnessing,” she said. “I think football totally goes out of the window right now.

“You’re thinking about his family, all the rest of the players out there witnessing it as well.

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“I actually just got on my phone and messaged my mum and told her I love her.

“I think it’s a reminder of how quickly life can change, just like that.”

Fellow analyst Cesc Fabregas echoed Scott’s sentiments, admitting: “I don’t even know what to say really. My body is shaking.

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“All I can think about is Christian’s family and what they must be going through.

“It’s a very, very sad moment and I pray for the very best.”

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