Italy may ban Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen for a lifetime, after it was established he suffered a cardiac arrest, a leading cardiologist has revealed.

The Dane collapsed on the pitch in the penultimate stages of the opening half of Euro 2020 Group B tie pitting Denmark against Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, with Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen confirming he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Reports indicate that the former Tottenham man’s heart stopped for five minutes on the pitch leading to his resuscitation and stabilized by the time he was rushed to hospital.

Christian Eriksen (right) is unlikely to play football again and Italy could ban him from competing if he suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmarks' Euro 2020 match
Italy could ban Christian Eriksen (right) from competing if it will be established that suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s’ Euro 2020 match against Finland. PHOTO/COURTESY

A leading cardiologist specialized in prevention of heart problems and currently working with UK’s NHS, Dr Scott Murray, claims Italy take pride in their record in prevention of cardiac arrests in football.

“It probably is (the end of his career) for him. The Italians stop people participating in sport if they are found to have a significant cardiac abnormality, it’s in law,” Murray is quoted by MailOnline.

The 29-year-old collapsed during Denmark's Euro 2020 tie with Finland on Saturday
The Inter Milan midfielder collapsed with reports indicating his heart stopped for five minutes on the pitch. PHOTO/COURTESY

He adds:

“They’ve been doing that for a long time, beyond 20 years and they’ve reduced the death rates from cardiac arrests in sport from beyond 3 per cent down to below one per cent.”

The Inter Milan midfielder now faces an uncertain future in football as he continues to recover in hospital.

The football family is however still anxious to learn if the 29-year-old will fully recover to pick up with his career that is in its final years.

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