UEFA suspends Denmark vs Finland match after Christian Eriksen collapses

Play was stopped just minutes before the half-time whistle when players signalled the medical team to come onto the pitch to attend to Eriksen, who collapsed inside the Finland half.

Denmark fans react as Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)   -  AP

The European Championship game between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen was suspended on Saturday after Christian Eriksen needed urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half.

Eriksen was given treatment for about 10 minutes after collapsing on the field before being carried off on a stretcher. UEFA then announced the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency.”

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A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats until further information could be provided.

Denmark and UEFA put out statements saying Eriksen was later transferred to the hospital and had been stabilised.

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The match was stopped just minutes before half-time when players signalled the medical team to come onto the pitch to attend to Eriksen, who collapsed inside the Finland half.

Eriksen remained unmoved as the players and fans appeared visibly upset at the nature of the incident. Some of the Denmark players circled Eriksen so he could receive treatment in privacy.

Christian Eriksen collapses, play stopped between Denmark and Finland  

With the half-time whistle not blown, the Finland players began to walk off the pitch in the 55th minute.

Eriksen was carried off in a stretcher with the Denmark players surrounding him with a white cloth.

The match eventually resumed at 12:00 am IST.


Inter Milan team physician Piero Volpi told The Associated Press that the Italian club was in contact with the Danish football federation.

“We’re in contact with the Danish federation, the team manager, the team physician. But we still don’t know anything yet,” Volpi said. “We heard what UEFA said, and we’re all happy that he’s been stabilised. But that’s all we know.”

Volpi added that Eriksen never contracted COVID-19, has no medical conditions that he’s aware of and has passed every medical exam without problem since joining Inter in January 2020 from Tottenham.

“But we’ll talk about that when the time is right,” Volpi added of Eriksen’s medical history. “Right now, the important thing is that he recovers.”

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