A cardiologist has given a professional insight into the horrific event that happened yesterday during the football match between Denmark and Finland on Saturday evening, June 12, 2021. Danish player; Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed while the match was still on at the Parken Stadium, soon before half-time, and was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
Eriksen was said to have suffered a cardiac arrest at the Euro 2020 tournament during Saturday’s Group B clash. The match was suspended with both teams worried before resuming at about 20:30 CET two hours later after Eriksen was said to be in a stable condition.
The cardiologist; Professor Sanjay Sharma, who happens to have worked with Eriksen while he was at Tottenham Hotspur, says he doubts the player will continue playing football.
Sharma who is also a professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University said football bodies and medical practitioners were likely to be “very strict” about allowing Eriksen to play again.
“Clearly something went terribly wrong. But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen? This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”, Sharma said.
Sharma, who chairs the English FA’s expert cardiac consensus group, said there were multiple reasons a cardiac arrest could have happened, such as high temperatures or an unidentified condition. But he said reports after the match that Eriksen was awake in the hospital were “a very good sign”.
“I’m very pleased. The fact he’s stable and awake, his outlook is going to be very good,” he told the PA news agency.
“I don’t know whether he’ll ever play football again.
“Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die, and would the medical professional allow him to die again? The answer is no.”
He added: “The good news is he will live, the bad news is he was coming to the end of his career, so would he play another professional football game, that I can’t say.
“In the UK he wouldn’t play. We’d be very strict about it.”
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand struggled to hold back tears during his post-match press conference and revealed his side had the choice of finishing the Group B opener on the night or returning on Sunday, June 13.
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“It was more unmanageable to have to restart tomorrow. It was more unmanageable than going back out now and getting it all put behind us,” he said.
“I could not be more proud of this team, who take good care of each other. There are players in there who are completely finished emotionally. Players who on another day could not play this match. They are supporting each other. It was a traumatic experience.”
Eriksen is the only player after David Beckham to record over 10 assists in four successive Premier League seasons and was a key member of the side that reached the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
We hope he fully gets better and can return to playing football professionally.