Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapses on pitch in Euro 2020 fixture, game suspended in first half


OPENHAGEN (AFP): Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in his country's Euro 2020 game on Saturday (June 12) against Finland in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match in the first half.

Television pictures showed Danish players in tears as medical staff tried to revive the Inter Milan player, who suddenly collapsed near the touchline as he went to retrieve a throw-in. - AFP

The Guardian reported that the ball had gone out of play for a Denmark throw-in near the corner flag. Rushing to receive the ball from whoever was taking it, Eriksen collapsed face first into the turf as the ball hit his knee.

Two nearby Finnish players, a Dane and referee Anthony Taylor immediately signalled for urgent medical assistance. Soon after that arrived, one of the Danish medical team was seen performing compressions on Eriksen’s chest as his teammates formed a ring around him and the staff treating him. At time of publication, Eriksen was still receiving treatment on the pitch. The BBC have ended their coverage of the match, and The Guardian's correspondent said he had been told the match had been postponed.

In a tweet, Uefa said that Eriksen had been transferred to hospital where his condition has been stabilised and he is receiving treatment.

The tweet also said a crisis meeting had taken place on the issue between both teams and match officials, and further details would be announced at a later time.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the match. - REUTERSDenmark's Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the match. - REUTERS

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