Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was taken to a hospital Saturday after collapsing on the field during a match at the European Championship. The governing body of European soccer said Eriksen has been stabilized and the Danish soccer federation said he was awake.
“Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further examinations at Rigshospitalet,” the Danish federation tweeted.
The Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland was suspended after Eriksen was given urgent medical attention on the field near the end of the first half.
He was treated for about 10 minutes after collapsing. He was then carried off on a stretcher. UEFA then announced the game had been suspended “due to a medical emergency.”
UEFA said the teams were having an emergency meeting and more information would be provided at 7:45 p.m. local time. A stadium announcer asked fans to stay in their seats and stay calm.
Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell face-forward onto the ground. His teammates immediately gestured for help and medics rushed onto the field. Eriksen was given chest compressions as his Denmark teammates stood around him in a shielding wall for privacy.
The Finland players huddled by their bench and eventually walked off the field while Eriksen was still getting treatment, as did the referees.
CBSSports.com reports that his partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen, made it to the field and was consoled by goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel, defender Simon Kjaer and others from the squad.
Eriksen was eventually carried off to a loud ovation, with his teammates walking next to the stretcher.
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Italia after a direct contact with Denmark medical staff that there’s “cause for optimism,” according to CBS Sports insider Fabrizio Romano.
The game had been halted in the 43rd minute with the score 0-0.
Eriksen is one of Denmark’s biggest stars and the incident brought an instant sense of shock to the Parken Stadium, where about 15,000 fans fell into hushed silence. Some supporters could be seen crying and hugging in the stands.
Finland fans started chanting the name of the Inter Milan midfielder.
CBSSports.com reports that Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during a Bolton Wanderers match in 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest before bring revived, reacted to the incident on Twitter.