- ESPN is the broadcaster of the Euro 2020 tournament in the United States.
- The network has faced criticism for its handling of the Christian Eriksen situation and has since admitted they could’ve handled it better.
- Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and had to be resusictaed with CPR and defibrillation.
ESPN, the United States broadcaster of the Euro 2020 tournament, has admitted that they did not handle the Christian Eriksen situation as well as they should’ve.
In an article from The Athletic detailing how commentator Derek Rae handled the situation, it’s mentioned that ESPN gave a statement to the Associated Press, where they effectively admitted they could’ve handled the situation better:
“Once it was clear the world feed was going to take a more aggressive approach to covering the situation, we should have moved quicker to a static wide shot of the stadium or returned to the studio,” ESPN said in a statement.
In the immediate aftermath of the horrifying incident, sports fans were extremely critical of the broadcast, which kept its cameras not only fixated on Eriksen being resuscitated but on his wife, in clear distress, observing the situation.
At this time, Eriksen is recovering at Rigshospitalet, one of the largest hospitals in Denmark. On Tuesday morning, he posted an update to his personal Instagram account, thanking fans around the world for their support.
“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.”
Denmark will resume their Euro 2020 campaign on Thursday, June 17, when they take on #1 ranked Belgium.