UEFA Invite Christian Eriksen, Medics who Saved Him To Watch Euro Final
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By Amaechi Agbo
On Sunday, Italy will battle England for the 2020 UEFA Euro Championship diadem but one man who who made new and shook the global community during the preliminary stages of the competition, Christian Eriksen who suffered cardiac arrest would be in the final at Wembley to watch the match.
This is because European football governing body UEFA have invited the Denmark international Christian Eriksen and the paramedics who helped save his life during an on-field cardiac arrest to attend the EURO 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.
The brilliant Danish midfielder was resuscitated in front of shocked fans and a massive global TV audience during his nation’s first match of the tournament.
UEFA said Eriksen, his wife and six medics were invited to the final, but there was no confirmation he would attend.
One of the paramedics, Peder Ersgaard, said he was honoured to receive a VIP invite from UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin.
“I’m excited, like a child on Christmas Eve,” he told the Fagbladet FOA magazine.
“I’m very proud of my efforts, but also of the whole team. It wasn’t a one-man effort.”
Eriksen collapsed on the Parken Stadium field in the first half against Finland, his eyes staring blank into a TV camera. CPR was administered and his heart was restarted with a defibrillator as players shielded the medics.
He is now recovering at home after he was discharged from hospital days after the incident
Eriksen’s agent could not immediately be reached by phone.
Initially traumatised but then inspired by the emotion over Eriksen’s plight, Denmark have stormed into the semifinals and played England on Wednesday for a place in the final.
“I hope to see Denmark against Italy. That would be really, really big. Just imagine if they become European champions,” Ersgaard added.
Unfortunately, that was not to be and the Danes suffered a 2-1 extra time loss against England on Wednesday.