Former Manchester United Goalkeeper and Denmark international Peter Schmeichel recently made some shocking revelations regarding the match between Denmark and Finland in Euro 2020 that saw the unfortunate collapsing of Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen on the field, leaving the entire world flabbergasted.
Peter Schmeichel, who is also the father of Leicester City and the current Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, has claimed that the Danish players DID NOT want the match to be restarted but they had no other option.
Schmeichel reveals Denmark were not left with a choice by UEFA
On being asked during an interview with ITV whether it was the players who wanted the match to be restarted after Christian Eriksen was taken to the hospital, Schmeichel said: ‘Well that’s an interesting debate.”
‘I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.
‘Or, it’s how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.”
“The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game, 3-0.”
‘So work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they really have any choice really? I don’t think they had.
‘As you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach, he seriously regrets putting the players back on to the pitch.’
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Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite, who is still in shock due to the incident, has also verified Schmeichel’s claims. On being asked whether UEFA restarted due to a request from the Danish player, the FC Barcelona player said: “It wasn’t a request. We were given two options and were told to make a decision. In that situation, you of course wish there was a third option. At that moment, you don’t want to play”
It must be noted, that UEFA had initially suspended the match due to uncertainty regarding Christian Eriksen’s health, but when it was confirmed that the player is safe, UEFA decided to restart the match on the same day. They said that both the teams had requested that the match be resumed.
“The match had been suspended due to a medical emergency which involved Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. The player is now in hospital and in a stable condition. UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a full and speedy recovery and wishes to thank both teams for their exemplary attitude,” UEFA tweeted.
Denmark’s team doctor’s comments
Meanwhile Denmark’s team doctor has confirmed that Christian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest on-field that night. However, what caused the cardiac arrest is yet to be discovered.
Speaking about how severe Christian Eriksen’s condition was, the team doctor Morten Boesen opined, “He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. How close were we? I don’t know. We got him back after one defib (defibrillation), so that’s quite fast.”
Various repots say that it is highly unlikely that Christian Eriksen will ever be able to return to the pitch again.