The news about Eriksen, whose heart stopped and collapsed in the Denmark-Finland match in the European Championship Group B, does not stop. It was alleged that after the star player regained consciousness, pressure was put on the players to repeat the match on the same day or play it the next day. Families and friends of the players have accused UEFA of being pressured.
It was claimed that the Danish football players were pressured to play the match when Eriksen was struggling for his life. An interview with an unnamed close friend of Captain Simon Kjaer in the British press shook the agenda.
“Nobody in the stadium wanted to play the game. It was a really weird decision to force the players to play. UEFA offered to play it on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. So is this a healthy solution? Kjaer was only able to talk to his mother after the game,” Kjaer’s friend told a briefing. Other players did not want to play the game,” he said.
Finland captain Tim Sparv said, “At first we couldn’t understand what happened and we were very scared. The first thing that came to our mind was to withdraw. Even the children in the stands were very scared. Everyone started to leave the stadium afterwards. It was a very traumatic experience. I hope everyone can get the psychological support they need.”
Danish legend Peter Schmeichel also blamed UEFA. “UEFA offered the players three options: The first was to play the last 50 minutes immediately. The second was to play at noon on Sunday, and the third was a 3-0 forfeit loss. This is a scandalous decision,” Schmeichel said.