Schmeichel questions UEFA, as jovial Eriksen looks for answers

Date published: Monday 14th June 2021 9:48 - Matthew Briggs

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Christian Eriksen has said he wants to get to the bottom of what happened to him on Saturday, while Peter Schmeichel claims Denmark’s players did not want to restart their Euro 2020 game against Finland after Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

Eriksen collapsed on Saturday during the first half of Denmark’s opening match and was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen later confirmed Eriksen was stable having suffered a cardiac arrest and that “he was gone” prior to being resuscitated.

Eriksen’s team-mates formed a shield round him while he was being treated on the pitch.

Now, via his agent Martin Schoots, it’s been revealed that Eriksen is desperate to find out what happened to him just before half-time on Saturday.

Schoots said via, La Gazzetta dello Sport: “We spoke this morning. He joked, he was in a good mood, I found him fine. 

“We all want to understand what happened to him, he wants to do it too: the doctors are carrying out in-depth examinations, it will take time.

“He was happy because he understood how much love is around. Messages have reached him from all over the world. And he was particularly impressed by those of the Inter world: not only the teammates he heard through the chat, but also the fans. 

“Christian doesn’t give up. He and his family want their thanks to everyone.

Coach Kasper Hjulmand has also revealed Eriksen held a video call with his teammates: “He worried about us. He asked us: ‘How are you? I think you are in worse shape than me! I would now be ready to train.

“He is one hell of a player but what a person he is as well,” said Hjulmand. “Christian feels best when his feet are close to a football. It was good to see him smile and we will see if we can get ourselves together and play for Christian.”

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Schmeichel though concerned how the incident will impact Denmark’s players .

Schmeichel, father of Leicester and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he did not think the players had a choice to restart the game.

 

When asked if it was the players’ decision for the game to be restarted after Eriksen had been taken to hospital, Schmeichel said: “Well that’s an interesting debate.


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Schmeichel: Players had no choice

 

“I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.”

The former Manchester United goalkeeper added: “Or, it’s how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.

“The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game, 3-0.

“So work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had.

“As you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach, he seriously regrets putting the players back on to the pitch.”

“It’s very difficult to say exactly what the longer-term impact will be (for the players) from that experience, which I know having spoken to Kasper was very traumatic for everyone.

“It’s a very dramatic scene when someone has to be defibrillated and shocked back to life.”

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