The Group B game between Denmark and Finland in Euro 2020 witnessed one of the shocking events when Christian Eriksen of Denmark collapsed on the pitch midway through the game after a reported cardiac arrest.
The midfielder was attended by the medics soon after and was given CPR treatment. Much to everyone’s delight, the Dane is now in a stable condition.
However, the event has cast doubt on his long-term future, with Dr Murray, a leading NHS Cardiologist claiming that the Inter Milan star could be stopped from playing in Italy.
Murray claimed that Italian football law doesn’t encourage the players to step foot on the football pitch if they are found to have Cardiac abnormality.
“The Italians stop people participating in sport if they are found to have a significant cardiac abnormality; it’s in law.
They’ve been doing that for a long time, beyond 20 years, and they’ve reduced the death rates from cardiac arrests in sport from beyond 3 per cent down to below one per cent.”
Murray also criticised Inter for failing to spot Eriksen’s condition beforehand as he believes that the Italian club is good at predicting potential heart problems.
“He (Eriksen) comes from an Italian club, so he must have had all of the tests before he started. The Italians are the best at screening for heart disease in competitive athletes.”
Italy has the greatest pre-participation screening in the world, which tries to reduce events, but he still has an event on the pitch. So even if you screen, it can still happen.”
In the wake of the event, the game was postponed at once but resumed later, with Finland ending up as the winners.