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Denmark boss slams UEFA over Eriksen incident

Euro 2020: Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand slams UEFA over their handling of the Eriksen situation

June 15, 2021 By Ali M.
The 49-year-old head coach felt European football's governing body failed to show true leadership by forcing his players into a rushed decision.

While Christian Eriksen looks to be out of the woods after suffering a terrible cardiac arrest during the clash with Finland, the aftermath from that incident rambles on. UEFA have found themselves in the crosshair of criticism for their handling of the situation, with Denmark manager Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand being the latest figure to slam European football's governing body.

After the Inter Milan midfielder collapsed on the pitch, play was stopped for a considerable amount of time as medics performed emergency CPR to save the player. His team-mates, who were visibly distraught, formed a human shield to protect him from the cameras, meaning they experienced the nearly tragic moment firsthand.

Referee Anthony Taylor paused the game and led both teams down the tunnel to retreat to the dressing room after the playmaker had been stretchered off the pitch. UEFA later confirmed that Eriksen was stabilized and taken to hospital before announcing the game would be resumed that same day.

Initially, it was reported that the Danish players chose to continue the match upon a request from Eriksen himself, turning down the opportunity of resuming the game at 12 noon (local time) the following day. However, Kasper Schmeichel and Martin Braithwaite offered a different account, with the Barcelona attacker stating that they were given no ideal option by UEFA.

"We had two options," Braithwaite stated. "None of the options were good. We took the least bad one. There were a lot of players that weren't able to play the match. They were elsewhere [mentally]. You could have wished for a third option in this situation."

"We were put in a position I don't think we should have been put in," Schmeichel told broadcaster DR, as per the Guardian. "It probably required that someone above us had said that it was not the time to make a decision and maybe should wait for the next day."

De Rød-Hvide boss Hjulmand has joined suite, criticizing the Euro 2020 organizers for forcing his team into a decision while his men were still reeling from that traumatic experience, saying in a press conference (as per the Daily Mail): "Coronavirus allows you to postpone a match for 48 hours. A cardiac arrest obviously does not. That, I think, is wrong. 

"There is learning here. It was not the right decision to continue playing. The boys showed so much strength by going out and playing on. 

"But I do not think it was the right thing to give us and the players the choice to go out and finish play on Saturday or Sunday."

The 49-year-old added that "the only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home." Instead, Denmark returned to the pitch a while later and suffered a 1-0 defeat.

While UEFA's handling of the situation has gotten the blood of football fans boiling, lovers of the beautiful game were treated to a lovely post on Tuesday as Eriksen took to Instagram to thank everyone for the well wishes. The midfielder posted a selfie with a thumbs up, announcing that he is doing well and that he will be cheering his country for their upcoming clash with Belgium.

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A post shared by Christian Eriksen (@chriseriksen8)

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