Denmark’s Christian Eriksen had to be administered CPR on the field of play during their game against Finland in Copenhagen after he collapsed suddenly at the Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday.
The game was initially suspended by UEFA, for close to two hours due to a ‘medical emergency’, before it was restarted. Eriksen, who was taken to hospital as soon as possible, was eventually declared to be in a stable situation and set for further tests in the hospital, the Denmark FA said.
"Following the medical emergency involving Denmark's player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 19:45 CET. The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised," UEFA said.
According to UEFA, the match was being restarted on the request of the players, while the Denmark FA said that the players agreed only after being informed that Eriksen awake and stable.
During the 42nd minute, as the ball went out of play for a Denmark throw-in, 29-year-old Eriksen rushed to receive the ball but he collapsed face-first as the ball hit his knee.
Seconds later, teammates Martin Braithwaite and Thomas Delaney rushed to assist him, with Delaney beckoning furiously for medical assistance. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately signalled for urgent medical assistance.
The Danish team formed a ring around him as the medics tried to resuscitate Eriksen.
According to a Reuters photographer at the stadium. Eriksen raised his hand as he was carried from the pitch on a stretcher.
Fans on social media lambasted the cameramen and broadcasters who reportedly showed live footage of his wife when Eriksen was being resuscitated.