Christian Eriksen might never play football againPeter Houghton
The weekend’s Euro 2020 fixtures certainly put stadium first aid and paramedic resources to the test. Not only was there a serious casualty at our National Stadium, but in Copenhagen there was one of those freak incidents whereby a hitherto physically fit international footballer, Christan Eriksen, a Danish footballer once of Tottenham Hotspur literally collapsed on the field of play. No physical football incident was involved.
Early attention by English referee Anthony Taylor and the quick thinking of one of his colleagues in clearing his air passage probably went a long way to saving his life after it was thought he had suffered an on-field heart attack. The Danish medical team also played a massive role in Christian’s survival, giving CPR.
It certainly brought back memories of Bolton Wanderers’ Fabrice Muamba, suffering similarly at White Heart Lane and even Mark Viven Foe once of Manchester City who sadly passed away.
On the plus side the player was soon sitting up and able to ally the fears of his team-mates. The match which was initially suspended finally resumed only for Denmark to lose 1-0 to Finland.