Eriksen press conference in full as Denmark boss says playing on was wrong


Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand has admitted they should never have resumed their match against Finland on Saturday night after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.

There were harrowing scenes in Copenhagen as the country’s talisman hit the floor before receiving CPR.

Thankfully, he regained consciousness and was even speaking to his international pals from the hospital via FaceTime.

He told them to continue playing and the Euro 2020 clash against their Nordic cousins resumed later that evening.

Finland went on to win the game 1-0 in their first-ever match at the European Championships but all thoughts were concentrated on Eriksen.

Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen revealed the Inter Milan star suffered a cardiac arrest while Hjulmand has opened up over the conversation Eriksen had with his teammates.

On Sunday, Denmark held a press conference and here’s what was said in full:

Danish team doctor Morten Boesen:

“We don’t have an explanation what happened. I didn’t see it live, I saw it on the screen afterwards, immediately after it happened. You have seen the same as me, but there is no explanation so far.

“It was a cardiac arrest. He was gone and we did cardiac resuscitation.”How close were we? I don’t know.

“We got him back after one defib. That’s quite fast. The details, I’m not a cardiologist, so I will leave to the experts.”



Morten Boesen has admitted Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest
Morten Boesen has admitted Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest

Manager Kasper Hjulmand:

“We will try tomorrow to establish normality as much as possible.

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“Players have different kinds of shocks and traumas and emotions, but we will try and use tomorrow and the next few days to do things as normal as possible.

“I will try to get a feeling of the players. Maybe for some players the time will be too short to get a meaning into playing football again.

“Some will try to use it as a force to try and get ever closer together.

“We will do our best in our next match and I have a sense that we will really be able to get together and do our best, so try to reach normality, try to reach during the training session as much normality as possible and do our best against Belgium.

Manager Kasper Hjulmand on Eriksen’s message to the team:



Christian Eriksen was only concerned about his teammates, says Kasper Hjulmand
Christian Eriksen was only concerned about his teammates, says Kasper Hjulmand

“Typically with Christian, he was concerned about us and his family.

“He said ‘I don’t remember much, but I’m more concerned about you guys, how are you doing?’ That is typical Christian.

“That just shows that these big players and their generosity and the big persons like Christian, he is one hell of a player but what a person he is as well.

“He would like for us to play. He is a football player and he said he feels like he could go out and play.

“Christian feels best when his feet are close to a football. It was good to see him smile and we will see if we can get ourselves together and play for Christian.”

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Peter Moller, Denmark director of football:



Peter Moller had been concerned with the Denmark players after such a traumatic experience
Peter Moller had been concerned with the Denmark players after such a traumatic experience

“We had four people coming up to the hotel last night. We had a chat, all the players, during the night, where everyone can explain their feelings and how they see the situation.

“Afterwards, everyone was very pleased that we talked the situation through.

“We had the same people come to the hotel this morning and again the players could took through one on one with the professional help.

“They really appreciate the help that we have got from the outside.

“It will strengthen the players. The conversation with Christian had a massive impact on the players and we love to see him happy and smiling and as Kasper said, he was more concerned about the other players and that is typical Christian.

“It was a real boost to see Christian on that screen, it was a lovely thing.”

Manager Kasper Hjulmand:

“I know it is very difficult but looking back, I think it was the wrong decision to make the decision with the players in this scenario.

“Players who are in a shocked condition, players who don’t really know yet whether they have lost their best friend.

“They have to decide between these two things. I don’t think we should have played, but I know it’s difficult.



Kasper Hjulmand has admitted it was the wrong decision to continue playing
Kasper Hjulmand has admitted it was the wrong decision to continue playing

“We should have just got on the bus and gone home and let’s see what the next days would have brought, but that is just my feelings now.

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“I think it is a very tough decision and a tough message that the players tried to make a decision.

“I know it’s difficult, but I have a sense that the players thought it was wrong to make this decision.”

Peter Moller, Denmark director of football:

“Nobody should blame the players. I felt no pressure from UEFA but I think this is a topic that afterwards, I am not sure it was the right decision to play the game.

“When you look at the players today, when you see how emotionally they are affected by the situation, we have to think about what we will do in the future.

“We all love football, but football is not the most important thing in the world. The most important thing is the people you love, family and the people close to you.

“The day after, when we sit here, I totally agree with Kasper that I don’t think the right decision was to play the game.”

Manager Kasper Hjulmand:



Denmark have been praised for their reaction to the situation
Denmark have been praised for their reaction to the situation

“I am really proud to be the coach of a team who responded the way they did. Football showed its best face.

“There is a lot of talk about commercialisation, greed and money in football and sometimes that is the agenda, but this is what football is about.

“Team spirit and compassion and love. It was also a very strong signal of what football really is.”





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