“Following the medical emergency involving Danish player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials and further information will be communicated at 7.45 p.m. CET,” the football governing body said European Union, UEFA, in a statement on Twitter.
UEFA later announced that the match would resume.
“Following the request made by the players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to resume the game between Denmark and Finland tonight at 8:30 p.m. CET (tbc),” the tweet read.
UEFA then said that five minutes would be played at the end of the first half and “there will then be a 5 minute break at half time followed by the second half”.
After he collapsed, Eriksen’s Danish teammates formed a wall around him to protect the Inter Milan star from sight as he received treatment. Players from both teams, as well as fans in the stadium, were visibly upset as Eriksen was treated by medics.
“The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency,” UEFA said in an earlier tweet.
Eriksen was finally stretched off the field after several minutes, being shielded from prying eyes by the blanket-waving medics.
The 29-year-old midfielder currently plays club football for Inter Milan, switching to Serie A in 2020 after seven years with Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.
The Danish talisman, who has more than 100 caps for his country, rose through the youth ranks at Ajax and began his professional career with the Dutch club.
In the other Group B game, Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium against Russia and ran towards the camera to send a message of support to his Inter team-mate.
“Chris, Chris … I love you,” he said.
Saturday’s incident was reminiscent of Fabrice Muamba’s collapse in 2012, after the footballer suffered cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup match against Tottenham. Muamba eventually recovered but had to cut his playing career short.
“Please God,” Muamba tweeted after Eriksen collapsed.
“All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family,” his former club Tottenham tweeted, while Inter Milan teammate Ashley Young wrote: “PLEASE BRO PLEASE.”
“Times like this put everything in life into perspective,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement. “I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray that his family will have strength and faith.
“In these times the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I have heard fans of both teams chanting his name. is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully. “
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