BBC pundit Alex Scott reduced to TEARS after Christian Eriksen collapses in Denmark’s Euro 2020 match with Finland… with ex-England star revealing she immediately texted her mother to say she loves her after shock incident
- Christian Eriksen collapsed onto the pitch during Denmark’s match with Finland
- The 29-year-old needed urgent CPR treatment on the pitch in distressing scenes
- Eriksen is conscious after being stabilised and receiving checks in hospital
- When the situation was unclear, Alex Scott was in tears in the BBC studio
- Cesc Fabregas added that life has been put into perspective after the incident
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
The 29-year-old Danish midfielder went down unchallenged and required urgent medical assistance in distressing scenes in Copenhagen, which saw the match called off just after 6pm.
Eriksen was taken off the pitch via a moving stretcher on wheels shortly after the cancellation of the match with the midfielder wearing an oxygen mask. UEFA confirmed that Eriksen has been stabilised and is going to hospital following the ordeal.
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Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 opener with Finland on Saturday night
Alex Scott was reduced to tears in the BBC studio following the shocking scenes
And when cameras cut to the BBC studio containing Scott, Cesc Fabregas, Micah Richards and host Gary Lineker, the former England women’s footballer was clearly emotional.
She told the studio: ‘I’m already getting emotional, I cant believe what we’re witnessing. Football goes totally out of the window.
‘You’re thinking about his family, all the rest of the players that are out there witnessing it as well. I actually just got on my phone and told my mother I love her. I think it’s a reminder how quickly life can change. Just like that.’
Eriksen collapsed on the pitch unchallenged during the tie and received instant medical help
Eriksen was seen sitting up as he was stretchered off and the Danish FA confirmed he is awake
Current professional footballer Fabregas was also visibly shocked and claimed that everything has been put into perspective as a result of the incident.
Fabregas said: ‘I don’t really know what to say really. My body is shaking. All I can think about is Christian’s family, what they must be going through and I pray for the very best.
‘How many times do I go home and I’m upset and I fight with my family and loved ones? You realise it’s just a game. We need to enioy it every second and have passion and enjoy it but really there are things that don’t matter anymore.
‘The most important thing is health. Just try to be always happy and enjoy what you have in life and how blessed we are and that’s it. It’s just a big shock for all of us.’
Fellow BBC Sport pundit Cesc Fabregas claimed life has been put into perspective after this
The BBC Sport studio was in shock following the incident on Saturday afternoon
Eriksen collapsed unchallenged towards the end of the first-half in Copenhagen and received immediate treatment from medics present.
Medical staff were seen doing intense resuscitation procedures for several minutes as his visibly upset Danish team-mates circled the medical staff while the 29-year-old was beating attended to.
Erisksen was seen coming off the pitch in an oxygen mask and an image revealed the 29-year-old sitting upright following the ordeal.
The Danish FA revealed that Erisken is conscious again and is being given further checks in hospital.
A statement posted to UEFA’s official Twitter account claimed Eriksen has been stablised
And the Danish Football Union confirmed their star player ‘is awake’ and awaits further tests
A statement read: ‘Christian Eriksen is AWAKE and is undergoing further examinations at Rigshospitalet.’ UEFA confirmed he ‘has been stabilised’ in hospital.
All three pundits referenced the incident involving Fabrice Muamba in 2011, when the Bolton Wanderers midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during a FA Cup match at Tottenham Hotspur.
Muamba was brought back to life after his heart stopped for over an hour on the pitch, with Scott claiming that the Bolton midfielder coming through the ordeal is a positive for everyone to consider.
Gary Lineker (left) and Micah Richards (right) provided hope by referencing Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest incident in 2011
The Bolton midfielder collapsed during a FA Cup match with Tottenham in 2011 and his heart stopped for over an hour, but the footballer pulled through
She said: ‘All we can do is sit here and hope that he pulls through this. We’ve seen this situation before with Fabrice and we can just hope and keep sending our prayers that he pulls through this.’
Former England defender Richards added: ‘One thing you have to have is hope. We saw with Fabrice Muamba, he pulled through and that’s all you can do. We don’t know the news. We can’t make assumptions. All we can do is pray.’
Host Lineker said: ‘The only thing I can remotely remember is Fabrice Muamba. He pulled through. Let’s hope for his sake Christian pulls through as well. So distressing.’