Euro 2020: Belgium players pay tribute to Christian Eriksen by stopping play during Denmark vs Belgium match

Euro 2020: Belgium kicked out the ball in the 10th minute of its Euro 2020 Group B match against Denmark for a minute-long ovation
Euro 2020: Belgium kicked out the ball in the 10th minute of its Euro 2020 Group B match against Denmark for a minute-long ovation

Euro 2020, Denmark vs Belgium: Belgium and Denmark paid tribute to Christian Eriksen during their Euro 2020 clash as the midfielder continues his recovery from cardiac arrest in hospital.

Belgium kicked out the ball in the 10th minute of its Euro 2020 Group B match against Denmark for a minute-long ovation as a mark of tribute to Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest during his team’s opener against Finland

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Euro 2020: Will Christian Eriksen Play Again? When Will Eriksen Return To Football?

According to Sanjay Sharma, professor of sports cardiology at St George’s Univerisity in London, Christian Eriksen is happy to be alive and that he sees no reason why he should be permitted to play again considering what he suffered on the pitch on Saturday evening. Sharma said,

“I don’t know whether he’ll ever play football again. Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die and would the medical professional allow him to die again? The answer is no.” Sharma added that at least in the UK Eriksen will not be allowed to play as medical professionals would have been very strict about it. Meanwhile, the reason behind the Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest is yet unknown.

Euro 2020: What is Eriksen’s condition now?

Doctors carried out a series of tests on Eriksen to find out what caused his cardiac arrest, and have ultimately decided that the best course of action is for the Dane to be fitted with a heart defibrillator, more commonly known as an ICD.

Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed the news in a statement after consulting with the cardiac specialist at Rigshospitalet, which reads: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter). This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.