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Televisions broadcasters have been told to turn cameras away from more serious injuries for the remainder of Euro 2020 after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest mid-game.
The Inter Milan playmaker fell 40 minutes into Saturday’s group-stage defeat to Finland, but many made their feelings clear that television coverage of the events in Copenhagen was too invasive.
Team-mate Simon Kjaer acted quickly to clear Eriksen’s airways and perform CPR before medics arrived, while pictures showed the collapsed player’s partner, Sabrina, crying on the sideline.
The Daily Mail reported European football’s governing body, UEFA, has told TV directors to ‘use common sense’ in future, cut away from potentially severe incidents and go to a wide shot instead.
Denmark officials have said they were informed they could forfeit the game if they failed to finish it on the day, with the final 50 minutes eventually played following a delay of around two hours.
The Danish Football Association has since posted the first picture of Eriksen from his hospital bed, where the 29-year-old can be seen smiling with a thumbs up to the camera.
Eriksen appears to be in good spirits, alongside a caption that read: "Hello everyone, Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world.
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"It means a lot to me and my family. I'm fine — under the circumstances.
"I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
"Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.
Eriksen’s team-mates formed a wall around their comrade while he received treatment from doctors on the Parken Stadium pitch.
Gary Lineker hosted the BBC’s broadcast of Denmark’s opening game and apologised for the intrusive coverage, though he explained the pictures came courtesy of a host network.
The Match of the Day presenter tweeted: "We will be back on air at 7.25 on @bbcone. I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too).
"Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies.”
Denmark went on to lose their opening Group B game to debutants Finland, where the only goal was scored by Joel Pohjanpalo.
Coach Kasper Hjulmand’s side are due back in action against pool favourites Belgium on Tuesday.
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