Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand insists that UEFA did not exert any pressure to resume their Euro 2020 clash against Finland on the same day as the horror incident involving Christian Eriksen.
The match in Copenhagen was marred by shocking scenes which saw the midfielder crumble on the pitch with no one around him.
Thankfully, the Inter Milan star appears to be on the road to recovery with Eriksen in stable condition in hospital.
The surprise decision was taken to resume the game less than two hours after Eriksen collapsed, which Denmark lost 1-0. But Hjulmand insists there has been no outside pressure on him and his players.
Hjulmand told the media: “First of all, if it gets emotional, the night has been difficult. We all remember what is most important in life – having valuable relationships, people we are close to, our family and friends.
“We have a group of players that I cannot praise highly enough. I couldn’t be more proud of these people who took such good care of each other. This is one of my very dear friends, the way the players talked in the locker room to decide not to do anything until they knew Christian was aware and OK.
“We had two options to play the game [today] or tomorrow at 12 noon and everyone has agreed to play today. You cannot play a game with such feelings. We tried to win. It was amazing that they managed to come out and try to play the second half.
“Honestly, there were players who were completely done. Emotionally done and emotionally exhausted.
“There was no pressure from UEFA to play tonight… honestly, it was better to be done with it.”
However, Gabby Agbonlahor did not like the decision to resume the game on Saturday, who said it should have happened on Sunday.
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Agbonlahor told Sports Bar: “It would have ruined me.
“I was watching the game and I was upset. Imagine being one of those players!
“It would have been so difficult to do a performance. They could have played it tomorrow.
“Everything about the game… if it was me I would have been like, ‘We shouldn’t be out there, we shouldn’t even kick a ball, this ain’t a Euros game. “. “