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.
Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed Christian Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest and that ”he was gone” before he was resuscitated.
Boesen says ”we got him back after one defib. That’s quite fast. … How close were we? I don't know.” #EURO2020
— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) June 13, 2021
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.
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.
“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.