29-year-old Danish and Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen has posted his first update to social media following his horrifying near-death experience at Euro 2020 on Saturday.
During Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland on Saturday, Jue 12, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch near the end of the first half and immediately required medical attention.
Eriksen, who was “gone” according to Denmark’s team doctor, was ultimately resuscitated following approximately 10 minutes of CPR and “one” defibrillation. Eriksen was conscious when he left the field and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he has remained since to undergo further tests and examinations.
On Tuesday morning, Eriksen posted his first update to social media by sharing a selfie to Instagram and captioning it with a thank you message:
“Hello everyone, big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” Eriksen wrote.
“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.”
Despite the horrifying scene that unfolded as Eriksen was resuscitated, UEFA essentially forced Denmark to finish the match the same night, as they presented the team with just three options once it was confirmed that Eriksen was alive: play tonight, play tomorrow at noon, or forfeit the match 3-0. Denmark opted to compete — their manager Kasper Hjulmand has since said it was the wrong decision — and ultimately lost the match 1-0.
“I think it was the wrong decision to make between the two scenarios,” Hjulmand said during a press conference.
“It was very tough for the players. They didn’t even know if they could probably lose their best friend. I have the feeling that we shouldn’t have played and wrong that the players had to decide. I’m really proud of the way the world reacted to this incident.”
Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign will continue on Thursday when Denmark take on Belgium, the #1 ranked national soccer team in the world.