ERIKSEN: Peter Schmeichel claims Denmark didn’t want to play on
PA - Tim Goode
Former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel claims Denmark didn’t want to play on after Christian Eriksen collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.
Eriksen went to collect a throw-in on the stroke of half-time in the Euro 2020 Group B match between the Danes and Finland on Saturday but he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. He was revived thanks to the use of a defibrillator and is now alive and stable in hospital.
After a 90 minute delay, Denmark players returned to the pitch to restart the game which they unsurprisingly went on to lose 1-0.
Schmeichel claims Denmark’s players did not want to restart the Euro 2020 game. Schmeichel, father of Leicester and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that he did not think the players had a choice.
When asked if it was the players’ decision for the game to be restarted after Eriksen had been taken to hospital, Schmeichel said: “Well that’s an interesting debate.I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.
“Or, it’s how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played. The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game, 3-0.
“So work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had. As you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach, he seriously regrets putting the players back on to the pitch.”
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