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Denmark and Finland to resume Euro 2020 match with Christian Eriksen ‘stable’ in hospital after collapse

© Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto/ShutterstockDenmark's Christian Eriksen
Denmark's Christian Eriksen

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is “stable” in hospital after collapsing on the pitch during his side’s Euro 2020 match against Finland.

Play was suspended after Eriksen dropped to the ground at the Parken Stadium, leaving players from both teams in clear distress.

English referee Anthony Taylor called medics on to the pitch and Eriksen underwent prolonged treatment.

Team-mates formed a shield around the former Tottenham man, while fans inside the stadium were clearly stunned by the incident, with some pictured in tears.

Eriksen was taken to hospital, with the players from each side agreeing to resume play this evening upon hearing of his improved condition.

An update from UEFA said: “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 last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.

“The match has been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. The player in now in hospital and in a stable condition.

“UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude.”

The Danish national side Twitter account posted: “Christian Eriksen is awake and his condition remains stable.

“He remains hospitalized at Rigshospitalet for further examination. The match against Finland will be completed tonight. This happens after the players have confirmed that Christian is okay.”

Fans chanted Eriksen’s name as he was stretchered off, and messages of support for Eriksen flooded in on social media.

His former club Spurs tweeted: “All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family.”

Eriksen left the London side for Inter Milan in 2020 after seven years with the club.

Dozens of current and former players have posted messages of support for Eriksen, including his Inter team-mate Achraf Hakimi.

Others posting similar tweets for the Denmark midfielder include former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher and Manchester United’s former right-back Gary Neville as well as current England and Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish.

The BBC apologised after complaints were made over the continued broadcasting of pictures from the stadium while Eriksen was treated.

The broadcaster said: “We apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast. In-stadium coverage is controlled by Uefa as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the match was suspended, we took our coverage off air as quickly as possible.”