Denmark and Belgium’s match in Euro 2020 was paused on 10 minutes for everyone in the stadium to pay an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen. Everyone across the globe held their collective breathes last Saturday when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch with nobody around him.
There were harrowing scenes as Denmark players were in tears while Eriksen received resuscitation on the pitch.
But thanks to those decisive actions of his team-mates, referee Anthony Taylor and the medical staff on the scene, Eriksen’s condition stabilised in hospital.
The Inter Milan midfielder has since sent a message to fans from his hospital bed, thanking everyone for their support.
For Denmark, they’re still dealing with the shock of the events that transpired less than a week ago in the midst of their European Championship campaign.
Footballers from all over the continent have paid respects to Eriksen, hoping he can make a full recovery.
And there was a lovely touch inside the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen with both Belgium and Denmark agreeing to pause the game on 10 minutes to applaud Eriksen.
Everybody in the ground was up on their feet with the Danish crowd cheering loudly to show their support.
They also unveiled a banner which read: “All of Denmark is with you Christian.”
Denmark have taken aim at UEFA since Eriksen’s incident over “pressure” to finish their match against Finland.
“The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home and then deal with it after,” Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand said.
“With corona cases it’s possible to postpone a game for 48 hours. But with cardiac arrest, apparently it’s not. I think that’s wrong.
“You don’t necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion.”
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