Like Christian Eriksen on Saturday during Denmark-Finland at the Euro, Fabrice Muamba also suffered from a heart attack on a football field. It was in 2012 with his club Bolton in the FA Cup.
“It reminded me of the emotions that you want to suppress as far as possible and that you do not want to relive,” said, about the discomfort in the middle of the Euro match of Danish Christian Eriksen, former English player Fabrice Muamba, himself the victim of a serious cardiac arrest during a FA Cup meeting in 2012. “Seeing it from afar and not knowing what’s going to happen is scary. You have to congratulate the medical supervision to be quickly intervened in the field and have done an incredible job for Christian “, he continued in this interview with the BBC.
On March 17, 2012, Muamba, then 24, collapsed on the lawn of White Hart Lane before half-time in an FA Cup quarter-final between Tottenham and his club Bolton. He was clinically dead for 78 minutes, before resuming breathing. After a month of hospitalization, the player of Congolese origin had to put an end to his professional career a few months later.
“I hope things will end up being OK for him”
On Saturday, 29-year-old Eriksen collapsed suddenly just before the break in the Denmark-Finland game. In front of his teammates and 16,000 spectators, including his wife, in shock, the medical staff of the Danish team and the emergency services performed cardiac massage on the ground.
The Danish midfielder Inter Milan was then transferred “awake and in stable condition” to a hospital in Copenhagen. The Danish federation (DBU) said on Sunday that he was “still in stable condition”. “This (Sunday) morning, we spoke with Christian Eriksen who greeted his teammates. His condition is stable and he is still hospitalized for further examinations,” said DBU.
“Finding myself a spectator when (Eriksen) got uncomfortable, I asked my wife, ‘How can you bear to watch knowing what happened to me?” Muamba told the BBC. ‘hope things will end up being OK for him, I really, really, really hope he gets out of this, “he added.