Uefa Euro 2020 suffered a major blow after Danish soccer player Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark opening match against Finland. The match was immediately suspended as the players went back into the changing room and Eriksen was given medical treatment. Both Denmark and Finland players agreed to continue the match after UEFA confirmed that Eriksen has been stabilised and has been taken to hospital.
The Danish Football Association (DBU) have now released a statement confirming that Eriksen will remain hospitalised to undergo more tests, but he has been in contact with the national team staff and his team-mates.
Incident like this have happened in the past, some died in the process while some survived. Players such as Marc-Vivien Foe, Anthonio Puerta, Cheick Tiote and Miklos Feher all collapse in the pitch during a match but died moment later. Others players who collapse in the pitch includes Fabrice Muamba who played for Bolton Wanderer, Muanmba collapsed on the pitch in an FA Cup match in 2012 due to a cardiac arrest and was technically "dead" for 78 minutes before he was revived. The former England under-21 midfielder had to retire soon after at the age of 24.
French professional footballer Befetimbi Gomis has collapse in the pitch three times and survived. The French stricker who is currently playing for Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal has a medical condition known as vasovagal syncope - this is a condition where by a trigger causes a sudden drop in heart-rate, which dramatically lowers blood pressure and reduced blood flow to the brain which causes the sufferer to faint.
Gomis first fainting episode happened in 2015 when he was still playing for Swansea City, Gomis collapse in the premier league game between Tottenham Hotspurs and Swansea City, he collapsed in the eighth minute just after Tottenham had taken the lead. Swansea confirmed that Gomis was fine after he was carried off on a stretcher, although the striker was still taken to hospital as a precaution.
Gomis collapse the second time while playing for Turkish Champions Galatasaray in 2018, the incident occurred in the match between Galatasaray and Kasimpasa. He was medically cleared to play on within minutes and he eventually made it through the entire 90 minutes in a game Galatasaray lost 2-1. After the game, Gomis said on Twitter: "A little uneasiness. Sorry for the fright. Everything's fine. Disappointed by this defeat, we remain focused on our goals of the beginning of the season. Thank you very much for all your affection and support."
His last fainting incidence occur last year in his current club Al-Hilal, the former Swansea star collapse just 13 minutes into the match between Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli, he sparked panic that night after slumping to the turf, lying motionless as medics scrambled to help during the game. He was revived few minutes late and he played the full 90 minutes of the match which they eventually lost.
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