I do not want to write this article. The EURO 2020 match between Denmark and Finland today was called off during the first half after former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency.— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 12, 2021
I am not going to relay details of what happened. There will be no speculation. This article is not being promoted on social media. This is for our community to process what happened. It is a horrible tragedy and we don’t yet know if he is okay. He did not look okay.
If you pray, please pray for Christian, his wife, and his young family. Pray for his friends and teammates. Pray for the rest of the Denmark squad, and the Finland team whom they were playing. If you don’t pray, turn the TV off, go outside, and do something nice for someone who is not yourself. Show the world that our humanity can overcome even the worst tragedy.
Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to others. Remember Fabrice Muamba and that hope can come out of tragedy. And don’t watch another minute of football today.
UEFA official statement.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 12, 2021
“Following the medical emergency for 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”.
Update 2: After consultation with both teams, the match will resume at 8:30 p.m. CET.
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).— UEFA (@UEFA) June 12, 2021
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.
Update 3: Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the White Hart Lane pitch in 2012, tweeted this in support of Eriksen. A reminder that Muamba’s heart was stopped for 79 minutes, but his life was saved thanks to the quick work by match officials, players, and a cardiac doctor in the stands. We hope the same result for Christian.
Please God— fabrice muamba (@fmuamba6) June 12, 2021