Mon 14 June 2021 | 18:18

Denmark players lament UEFA decision for match after Eriksen incident

Denmark's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Martin Braithwaite lamented UEFA’s decision to continue playing shortly after teammate Christian Eriksen collapsed during their Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

According to



Martin Braithwaite

, the decision to their Euro 2020 opener against



Christian Eriksen

's cardiac arrest was the "least bad one".



Christian Eriksen collapsed

just before halftime and was taken to hospital after receiving CPR on the pitch. After a long suspension, the game resumed and the Finns went on to win 1-0.

UEFA offered the players, who gathered in the locker room after witnessing Eriksen being treated on the pitch following a cardiac arrest, the choice of resuming the match on Saturday night or beginning again on Sunday at 12.

"None of the options were good. We took the least bad one,"

Braithwaite said at a news conference on Monday


"There were lots of players who were unable to play. We were in a bad place. We made the least bad decision."

Kasper Schmeichel

was also agreed with


that Denmark were put in a difficult spot.

"We have been put in a position where, on a personal level, I think we should not have been placed,"

he told reporters


"We had two options: either come back the next day [Sunday] at noon or resume the game.

"Someone higher up than us would have had to tell us that this was not the time to make such a decision, and that we should probably wait until the next day to decide.

"But what happened has happened, and let's hope they learn from it."

source: SportMob

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