Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) is evacuated after collapsing on the pitch during their match against Finland. Photo: Friedemann Vogel / various sources / AFP)
Denmark's midfielder Christian Eriksen (C) is evacuated after collapsing on the pitch during their match against Finland. Photo: Friedemann Vogel / various sources / AFP)

Danish players lament 'no third option' for match after Christian Eriksen's collapse

By Reuters Time of article published Jun 14, 2021

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COPENHAGEN - Danish players expressed dissatisfaction on Monday at the position they were put in after team mate Christian Eriksen's collapse during their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday, having to decide whether to finish the match that evening or the next morning.

UEFA offered the players, who gathered in the locker room after witnessing Eriksen being treated on the pitch following a cardiac arrest, the choice of resuming the match on Saturday night or beginning again on Sunday at 1200 local time.

"We were put in a position which I personally don't think we should have been put in," Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel told reporters on Monday.

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"It probably required that someone above us had said that it was not the time to make a decision and maybe should wait for the next day," he added.

UEFA officials were not immediately available for comment. But European soccer's governing body wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the match would be restarted "following the request made by players of both teams".

"We had two options. None of the options were good. We took the least bad one. There were a lot of players, that weren't able to play the match. They were elsewhere (mentally)", Danish player Martin Braithwaite said on Monday.

"You could have wished for a third option in this situation," he added.

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Eriksen collapsed just before halftime and was taken to hospital after receiving CPR on the pitch. After a long suspension, the game resumed at 2030 CET and the Finns went on to win 1-0.

The comments echoed criticism from former Danish internationals Peter Schmeichel and Michael Laudrup on Sunday.

"Something terrible like that happens and UEFA gives the players an option to go out and play the game or come back at 1200 on Sunday. What kind of option is that?" Peter Schmeichel, father of Kasper, told the BBC on Sunday.

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Denmark's coach Kasper Hjulmand also said on Sunday that he did not think that the players should have been back on the pitch.

The Danish Football Association said on Monday that the 29-year-old Eriksen remained in stable condition in a nearby hospital.

Reuters

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