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Christian Eriksen collapsed at the Euro soccer tournament. Here are his first comments since the tragic moment

Christian Eriksen collapsed during a soccer match at the Euro 2020 tournament

Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen gesturing from his hospital bed.
A combo image issued by the DBU on Tuesday June 15, 2021, of Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen gesturing from his hospital bed and the message that he sent to accompany the photo.
DBU via Associated Press

Denmark soccer star Christian Eriksen has released his first comments since he suffered cardiac arrest during a Euro 2020 game against Finland over the weekend.

  • The tournament — called the Euro 2020 (despite happening in 2021) because the coronavirus pandemic delayed the tournament last year — is comprised of the best European national soccer teams.

Eriksen collapsed in the middle of the field during the game with Finland. The Demark national soccer team’s Twitter account posted a photo of Ericksen in a hospital bed. He gave a thumbs-up as well.

  • “Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.”
  • “I’m fine — under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.”
  • “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches.”
  • “Play for all of Denmark,” the post added

The moment seemed to come out of nowhere. Eriksen was jogging at a normal pace when he fell to the ground. He was immediately surrounded by medical staff, who tried CPR on him before switching to defibrillators, according to The Washington Post.

Denmark’s team doctor, Morten Boesen, said Erikensen was “gone” before he was resuscitated, ESPN reports.

  • “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest,” Boesen said. “How close were we (to losing Eriksen)? I don’t know.
  • “We got him back after one defibrillator, so that’s quite fast. I’m not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital.”

The game between Finland and Denmark resumed after the incident with Eriksen.

Denmark’s coach Kasper Hjulmand told ESPN that he spoke with Eriksen after the incident, asking him about whether or not the team should restart the game, though.

  • “Typically, Christian he was concerned about us and, of course, his family. He said ‘I don’t remember much’ and ‘I’m more concerned about you guys, how are you doing?’ That’s typical Christian. That just shows that these big players and their generosity.”