Michael Laudrup and Peter Schmeichel criticized UEFA’s choice to resume the Euro game between Denmark and Finland on Saturday. The two legends of the Danish selection would have wanted more compassion after the serious heart disease of Christian Eriksen.
Europe and the football world trembled at the sight of images of Christian Eriksen collapsing on the lawn of Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on Saturday. Victim of a serious heart attack during the first period of the Euro match between Denmark and Finland, the 29-year-old midfielder was finally evacuated alive to hospital.
Now out of danger and in stable condition, several voices have been raised to criticize the management of this sad event by UEFA. In particular Michael Laudrup and Peter Schmeichel, winners of the competition in 1992 with Denmark, according to whom the meeting should never have resumed.
Interrupted a few moments before half-time following Christian Eriksen’s discomfort, this duel between northern European countries finally resumed after about two hours of break. To justify its choice, UEFA ensures that the Danish players themselves have asked to resume having had reassuring news from their teammate and friend.
“The players had a choice which was not a choice,” breathed Michael Laudrup on Danish TV TV3. “Play tonight or tomorrow (Sunday) at 12 o’clock, I think, I’m sorry, it’s not a choice . “
Peter Schmeichel: “It’s a ridiculous decision by UEFA”
Father of Kasper, current goalkeeper of Denmark, Peter Schmeichel agreed with the microphone of the BBC. In his eyes, UEFA was wrong and made a terrible decision.
“It’s totally ridiculous that UEFA has come up with such a solution,” railed the former Manchester United goalkeeper. […] When something so terrible happens and UEFA gives players the option of resuming Saturday night or Sunday at noon, what is that option? You come back to your hotel, you can’t sleep because you saw something traumatic. And you get up and then go back to the field to play the end of the match. It’s not an option, it’s a ridiculous decision by UEFA. “
Impressive serenity in the first moments after Christian Eriksen’s discomfort, Simon Kjaer was finally unable to finish the match. Also very marked by the scene and unwavering support of the companion of the playmaker, Kasper Schmeichel struggled to finish and even committed a hand fault on the goal of Finland.
“UEFA should have tried to find another solution or a different scenario, continued the former goalkeeper. And show a little compassion. I do not know how we could have done but why at noon this Sunday. was ridiculous, to be honest the result of the game is insignificant. […] I cannot understand this decision. “
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