Peter Schmeichel has claimed that the Danish players do not want to end their Euro 2020 opener against Finland after seeing team-mate Christian Eriksen collapse on the pitch and receive life-saving treatment.
Eriksen has been confirmed to suffer cardiac arrest in Saturday’s game, with Danish team doctor Morten Boesen admitting he believed the Inter Milan midfielder “was gone” before he was. revived.
Boesen said Eriksen is now stable in Copenhagen hospital, his agent relaying a statement to the Italian press as the player thanked everyone involved in his treatment and insisted he “now wanted to understand what had happened “.
The match was put on hold following the incident and it was widely expected that it would be called off after the upsetting scenes.
However, UEFA and the Danish Football Union soon confirmed that the match would resume and end later that night, hours after Eriksen collapsed, prompting strong criticism of the decision.
The DFU said at the time that the players agreed to end the game “for Christian” after speaking with the midfielder on a video call from his hospital bed.
But Manchester United and Denmark legend Schmeichel, father of No.1 goalkeeper Kasper, told Good Morning Britain on Monday that he didn’t think the players had a choice.
When asked if it was the players’ decision to return to play after Eriksen was taken to hospital, Schmeichel said: “Well, it’s an interesting debate.
“In fact, I saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying they were following the player’s advice, the players insisted on playing – I know that is not the truth.
“Or, that’s the way you see the truth. They had three options left, one was to play immediately and play the last 50 minutes.
“The next one was supposed to arrive yesterday at noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit, 3-0.
“So, figure it out for yourself. Is it the desire of the players to play? Did they really have a choice? I don’t think they did.
“As you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch.”
Eriksen’s teammates have formed a shield around him as he was treated on the pitch and Schmeichel is concerned about the impact of the incident on Danish players, including his son.
“It’s very difficult to say exactly what the long-term impact will be [for the players] of that experience, ”he said.
“I know that talking to Kasper was very traumatic for everyone.
“It’s a very dramatic scene when someone has to be defibrillated and brought back to life by shock.”
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