The medical staffs who saved Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen’s life at Euro 2020 are set to receive the UEFA President’s Award, Europe’s football,Europe’s football governing body said on Tuesday.
Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s opening defeat by Finland in June and received life-saving treatment on the pitch before he was rushed to hospital.
Denmark’s doctors and physio as well team captain Simon Kjaer, who began CPR on Eriksen, are also being honored.
“This year, the President’s Award rises above football,” UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement.
“It serves as a important and eternal reminder of just how percious life is and puts everything in our life into the most clear perspective.”
Eriksen has since had a sort of pacemaker embedded that can prevent cardiac arrest by discharging a shock to reestablish an regular heart rhythm.
However, his future in the game is muddled, with guidelines in Italy forestalling the 29-year-old from playing for his club, Inter, except if the gadget is taken out.
“You did a fantastic job and saved my life,” Eriksen said in a message thanking the medical staff included.
“Also a big thanks to my friend and captain Simon and my teammates in the Danish team for your support, both on 12 June and afterwards .