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Crown Prince Frederik leads royal praise for those who helped save Christian Eriksen

By Mogens Engelund - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary have sent their best wishes to the Danish international, Christian Eriksen, after he was revived on the pitch during the team’s Euro 2020 opening match in Copenhagen.

The royal couple took to their official Instagram to share a special message, accompanied by a photo of the Danish team who had stood by their colleague’s side as he received CPR following his collapse during the June 12th match against Finland.

Frederik and Mary, who were at the game, said immediately afterwards that ”The most important thing tonight is that Christian Eriksen is doing well under the circumstances”. They added ”It was touching to experience the amazing team spirit and support from players and fans, after the great fright we all got.”

Christian Eriksen collapsed face first on the pitch near to the end of the first half of the game as he was about to receive a throw in. His teammates immediately called for help and formed a defensive ring around him as medics worked for 45 minutes to save his life. Others comforted his wife, Sabrina, who was at the game.

The Danish side continued to shield him from TV cameras as doctors administered CPR. He was later taken to hospital. His condition was described as stable on the morning of June 13th and he has since sent messages to his teammates.

The Duke of Cambridge, who is President of the English Football Association, also sent a message following the incident. William added a personally signed tweet to his official account, praising doctors as well as English referee, Anthony Taylor, who quickly halted the game to allow medics on to the pitch. The Duke said ”Encouraging news about Christian Eriksen, we are all thinking about him and his family. Well done to the medical team and Anthony Taylor for their calm and swift action. W”.

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