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The 15,000 spectators at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen gave a deafening chant on Saturday in support of the Danish Christian Eriksen, shortly after the Danish midfielder entered the group stage of the European Championship 2020.
The Finnish fans started singing and shouted “Christian”, which was then answered by “Eriksen” by the Danish fans.
DENMARK’S CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN DESTROYED ON THE FIELD AS THE EURO 2020 MATCH AGAINST FINLAND IS SUSPENDED
“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective. I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and I pray that his family will have strength and confidence,” UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement.
“In these times the football family’s unity is so strong and he and his family carry everyone’s good wishes and prayers with them. I’ve heard fans from both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully. “”
The fans sat in silence when the game was interrupted after Eriksen’s medical emergency.
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The 29-year-old collapsed on the field before half-time, where he was unresponsive. It was first reported that Eriksen was receiving CPR when his teammates surrounded him for privacy reasons, but Danish Football Association director Peter Möller later said he received a “heart massage” while on-field treatment.
“He fell and got help and heart massage on the field. Fortunately, he was awake when he left the stadium.”
UEFA announced on Twitter that Eriksen “has been transferred to the hospital and stabilized”.
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The game resumed later that evening and fans cheered as the Danish team returned to the pitch for a second warm-up. Only a few minutes were played up to a shorter than normal half-time break.
Finland beat Denmark 1-0 and Eriksen was named Player of the Game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.