Hradecky demands clear rules: football has to learn from Eriksen’s collapse

Hradecky calls for clear rules
Football has to learn from Eriksen’s collapse

At the European Football Championship, the Dane Christian Eriksen collapses during a game against Finland. He has to be resuscitated, the game continues anyway. UEFA’s actions cause outrage. The Finn Lukas Hradecky now demands a protocol that relieves traumatized players.

The Finnish national goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky has demanded consequences after the drama about the Dane Christian Eriksen at the European Football Championship. “There has to be a clearly defined protocol of what has to be done in the event of such incidents. That would help everyone involved. It must not be that ultimately traumatized players have to think about what should happen,” said the goalkeeper from Bayer Leverkusen the portal Spox. Clear rules are needed that put the human and not the commercial perspective in the foreground, said Hradecky.

After the interruption of the game between Denmark and Finland and while the emergency doctors were on duty, many of those involved felt helpless. “It was an emotional roller coaster ride for my teammates and me. It was not easy to process. You are simply not prepared for it and you don’t know what to do in such a situation,” said the Finn.

He and his team did not assume that the game would continue. “But we said we would agree to whatever they suggest. If the captains had decided that the game was going to be 0-0, we would have taken it,” said Hradecky. Finland won the game 1-0, Denmark then made it to the semi-finals of the EM.

Eriksen’s sporting future is still unclear. A comeback this year is by no means expected. Investigations should show whether and when the defibrillator currently implanted at Eriksen can be removed from Eriksen’s body. If not or not yet, the player currently under contract with Inter Milan would have to look for a new employer. In Italy, contact sports with a pacemaker are prohibited by law.

Should Eriksen fail to continue his Serie A career, a return to the Netherlands would be an option. Most recently, the Dane was associated with Ajax Amsterdam.