Belgium has announced that the team will put the ball out of play in the 10th minute of its Euro 2021 clash with Denmark on Thursday to recognize Christian Eriksen, who experienced cardiac arrest over the weekend during a match against Finland.
Eriksen, who wears the No.10 shirt for Denmark, is stable and awake now after collapsing on the field, so the moment will be a celebration for his survival and improved health.
Romelu Lukaku says the Belgium players will kick the ball out of play in the 10th minute of their game against Denmark so the stadium can pay tribute to Christian Eriksen with a minute’s applause 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/objoHngW7C
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 16, 2021
“This is about a celebration in football and for Christian,” Belgium manager Roberto Martinez told reporters.
“As you can imagine, the uncertainty that we had when the incident happened, that was a really tough moment, a tough moment for any player that was watching the game, a tough moment for players who have been sharing dressing rooms with Christian.
“Then from that point on, once you get the good news that Christian reacted positively, that he was talking, that he was in hospital, now it’s almost a celebration.”
How is Eriksen doing?
The 29-year-old collapsed during the first-half of a meeting with Finland on Saturday and had to be resuscitated on the field. That contest resumed once it was revealed that the Danish playmaker was in stable condition under medical supervision at a local hospital.
It remains to be seen whether he will be cleared to resume a playing career at the highest level, but he has been posting positive messages to well wishers.