Christian Eriksen stabilized after receiving CPR in Denmark vs Finland game Bedford News

Fans were visibly upset by the scenes (Getty Images)

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen “woke up” in hospital according to the Danish football association, after collapsing on the pitch during his country’s match against Finland in Copenhagen.

The Inter Milan player’s condition has “stabilized”, tournament organizer UEFA said.

The Group B game was suspended just before half-time after the 29-year-old fell to the ground at Parken Stadium, leaving players from both teams in distress.

Play resumed at 7:30 p.m. BST. A statement from the organizers said: “Following the request made by the players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to resume the game between Denmark and Finland,” said a statement from the organizers.

“The last four minutes of the first half will be played, then there will be a five minute break at half time followed by the second half.

“The match was suspended due to a medical emergency involving Denmark’s Christian Eriksen. The player is now hospitalized and in stable condition.

“UEFA wishes Christian Eriksen a speedy and full recovery and thanks both teams for their exemplary attitude.”

England referee Anthony Taylor called the medics to the pitch and Eriksen suffered prolonged treatment.

The incident took place as a throw-in was played towards Eriksen towards the end of the first half of the game.

Teammates formed a shield around the former Tottenham man, while fans inside the stadium were clearly stunned by the incident, some in tears. A Getty Images photo appeared to show Eriksen conscious after being stretched from the pitch.

A tweet from UEFA said the game was suspended due to a medical emergency.

UEFA then tweeted: “Following the medical emergency involving Danish player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and” match officials and further information will be released at 7.45pm CET.

The player was transferred to the hospital and stabilized “

Denmark issued a statement: “Christian Eriksen is AWARE and undergoes further examinations at Rigshospitalet”.

The other Group B match between Belgium and Russia will take place as scheduled on Saturday at 20:00 BST.

Support messages

BBC coverage of the incident was cut off in the studio several minutes before programming ended.

Presenter Alex Scott said: “I can’t believe what we are seeing. Football comes out the window. You think of his family and the rest of the players. I just picked up the phone and texted my mom to tell her I love her. It’s a reminder of how quickly things can change.

“All we can do is sit here and hope he gets through this. We must continue to send prayers.

Several players and teams offered messages of support on social media platforms.

Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder who collapsed after suffering cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match in 2012, has reacted to the news of Eriksen’s collapse.

“Please God,” Muamba tweeted.

Eriksen’s former team Tottenham Hotspur tweeted: “All our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family.”

West Ham United star Jesse Lingard tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers go out to Christian Eriksen and his family praying that all will be well”.

Former Chelsea player Didier Drogba posted: “Fight for your life #eriksen we pray for you”.

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