Christian Eriksen, who passed unconscious in Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, has been hospitalized and is in stable health, according to the Union of European Football Associations.
The play was suspended in the first half after Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in Copenhagen.
Danish players were seen crying on television as emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate the Inter Milan player who had fainted near the touchline.
According to the announcement, “a crisis meeting with both teams and match officials was called following the medical situation involving Denmark's Christian Eriksen, and further information will be presented at 19:45 CET.”
“The player has been stabilized and transferred to the hospital.”
“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin remarked. I wish Christian a full and rapid recovery, and I pray for strength and faith for his family.
“At this moment, the football family's solidarity is so powerful, and he and his family carry the well-wishes and prayers of everyone with them. I heard both teams' fans yelling his name. Football is a lovely sport, and Christian excels at it.”
After supporters filled social media with passionate tributes for Eriksen, accompanied by the Danish flag and love-heart emoticons, the announcement comes as a big relief.
Following a request from both teams' players, UEFA agreed to resume the match between Denmark and Finland, which concluded 1-0 in Finland's favor thanks to a Joel Pohjanpalo goal in the 59th minute.
The goal was Finland's first at a big tournament, although the team did not celebrate loudly.
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