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Christian Eriksen, midfielder for the Denmark national team, posted his first update on social media since his scary collapse during a match three days ago. His message? Gratitude, love, and positivity. He gave a thumbs-up from his hospital bed, and encouraged his teammates to fight on.
Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family. ♥️🙏
I'm fine - under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark 🇩🇰
Eriksen, 29, collapsed on Saturday during the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland. In the 42nd minute he appeared to stumble after a throw-in, then fell to the ground. His teammates immediately called for medical personnel, who discovered that his heart had stopped. They gave him CPR and used the portable defibrillator to restart his heart, then transported him to the hospital for further tests. The team doctor, Morton Boesen, told the media on Sunday that Eriksen had suffered cardiac arrest.
Match restart draws heavy criticism
The match was suspended immediately but resumed less than two hours after Eriksen had collapsed, a decision that has drawn heavy criticism. UEFA has said several times that players from both teams requested that the match restart, but Denmark players have spoken out and said that they only chose to restart the match that night because the only other option was to restart at noon the next day.
"We had two options. None of the options were good. We took the least bad one," Danish forward Martin Braithwaite said Monday. "There were a lot of players that weren't able to play the match. They were elsewhere [mentally]."
UEFA has defended its decision to give the players just two restart options, saying that the players' need for 48 hours of rest between matches limited its options.
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