Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed during the first half of Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland in Copenhagen, Saturday. The 29-year-old midfielder currently plays club football for Inter Milan. Medical staff tried to resuscitate him on the touchline. He appeared to be having heart massage as well as several electric shocks to the chest from medical staff. After he collapsed, Eriksen’s Danish teammates formed a wall around him to protect the Inter Milan star from view as he was receiving treatment. Players from both teams, as well as fans in the stadium, were visibly distressed. Later, UEFA tweeted that Eriksen had “been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised”.
The Finnish fans inside the stadium began chanting “Christian,” to which all the Danish fans responded “Eriksen.” The match was suspended. UEFA later announced that the match would be resumed. “Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC),” the tweet read. UEFA then said that five minutes will be played at the end of the first half and “there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.” The England team’s media conference this evening , ahead of their match tomorrow , has been called off. Saturday’s incident was reminiscent of Fabrice Muamba’s collapse in 2012.