Schmeichel says UEFA threatened Denmark with 3-0 forfeit after Eriksen collapse

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Former Denmark and Manchester United shot-stopper, Peter Schmeichel, has claimed that the Danish players did not want to restart their Euro 2020 clash with Finland after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.

Eriksen collapsed – just before half-time – with no one around the former Tottenham star, and medics were quick to the scene to administer CPR.

Eriksen was moved to Rigshospitalet, where – in a statement – it was announced he was stable, and the game resumed almost two hours after it was postponed.

However, Schmeichel who's son, Kasper Schmeichel, was in the Danish net, doesn't believe they had a choice.

When asked if it was the players' decision, on ITV's Good Morning Britain, Schmeichel said: "Well that's an interesting debate.

"I actually saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying that they were following the advice of the player, the players insisted on playing – I know that not to be the truth.

"Or, it's how you see the truth. They were left with three options, one was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.

"The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit the game, 3-0.

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"So work it out for yourself. Is it the players' wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don't think they had.

"As you can hear from yesterday's press conference, the coach, he seriously regrets putting the players back on to the pitch."

Denmark's team doctor, Morten Boesen, later confirmed that Eriksen "was gone" prior to being resuscitated on the pitch.

Schmeichel's son was part of the Danish wall that shielded Eriksen from view; several players were visibly distressed, and Schmeichel is worried about the long term effects.

"It's very difficult to say exactly what the longer-term impact will be [for the players] from that experience, which I know having spoken to Kasper was very traumatic for everyone.

"It's a very dramatic scene when someone has to be defibrillated and shocked back to life."

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