UEFA officials have suspended the Denmark vs. Finland Euro 2020 soccer match after Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field. Eriksen, 29, dropped to the ground mid-game. He required emergency CPR.
The midfielder collapsed as another player was throwing the ball into play from the sidelines near him, the Daily Mail reports. Medical workers then rushed onto the field at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium to assist Eriksen.
Eriksen’s teammates were in tears following the incident. So was the soccer player’s wife. She appeared to be crying in the stands along with other Danish fans.
English referee Anthony Taylor reportedly looked visibly shaken by Eriksen’s collapse. Many fans were also startled and upset.
Officials postponed the game shortly after 6 p.m. Copenhagen time. The score near halftime was at 0-0.
Christian Eriksen Was Reportedly Conscious as He Left the Field
Eriksen’s wife eventually made it down to the field, where she was comforted by goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel, according to CBS.
While medical workers performed CPR, the Denmark team formed a protective circle around Eriksen. The midfielder was then carried out on a stretcher. The medical workers held up sheets to shield him and his teammates followed him out.
Eriksen regained consciousness and raised his hand as he was carried from the field, BNO News reported.
This is not the first time a player has collapsed on the field. In 2012, Fabrice Muamba underwent cardiac arrest during a Bolton Wanderers match. Healthcare workers pronounced him “effectively dead” for 78 minutes before they managed to revive him.
On Saturday, Muamba quickly showed his solidarity with Eriksen, tweeting “Please God” as the upsetting scene in Copenhagen unfolded.