The delayed tournament kicks off in Rome on Friday with a total of 24 teams playing across 11 cities.
Shocked football players and fans flooded social media to send their wishes to Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch during his country’s Euro 2020 match with Finland.
The 29-year-old fell suddenly to the ground in the 42nd minute of Saturday’s game while running near the left touchline of Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. He was resuscitated by medical staff and was then taken to hospital.
UEFA, the tournament’s ruling body, said Eriksen was “in a stable condition”, while the Danish football federation said he was awake. The match resumed at 18:30 GMT.
Earlier, the dramatic scenes had brought an instant sense of shock to the stadium, where about 15,000 fans fell into hushed silence. Some supporters could be seen crying and hugging in the stands, before chants of Eriksen’s name filled Parken by both teams’ fans.
A huge roar then went up from all supporters when stadium announcers said in a video screen statement Eriksen was “stable and awake”.
This is without a doubt the video of the day. The Finnish fans chanting “Christian” and the Danes chanting “Eriksen.”
This is absolutely brilliant. Beautiful scenes. pic.twitter.com/PtapEaN7Uk
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) June 12, 2021
Later on Saturday, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored a goal as his country took on Russia and celebrated by running straight to a television camera and saying “I love you” to Eriksen. The two are team-mates at Italian club Inter Milan.
— Cotton CE 🇩🇰 (@JambaeSports) June 12, 2021
The incident involving Eriksen prompted an outpouring of support for the player on social media, with current and former footballers sending their prayers for his recovery.
Fight for your life #eriksen we pray for you 🙏🏾
— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) June 12, 2021
Prayers with Christian Eriksen and his family 🙏🏼 Please be okay 🙏🏼
— Matty Cash (@mattycash622) June 12, 2021
My prayers go out to 🇩🇰💔🙏🏼
— Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) June 12, 2021
Fabrice Muamba, who also collapsed on the pitch in 2012 in White Hart Lane while playing for Bolton against Tottenham, said on Twitter “Please God”.
— fabrice muamba (@fmuamba6) June 12, 2021
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Eriksen and his family,” Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo said on Instagram. “The world of football stands together hoping for good news. I’m counting on finding you soon back on the pitch, Chris! Stay strong!”
Eriksen’s team-mate at Inter Milan, Lautaro Martinez, also wrote: “Come on Chris! Please Chris,” while the club posted on Twitter, “Forza Chris, all of our thoughts are with you!”
Forza Chris, all of our thoughts are with you! 🙏
— Inter 🏆🇮🇹 (@Inter_en) June 12, 2021
Inter Milan team-mate and Moroccan football star Achraf Hakimi simply tweeted “Eriksen Please”.
Eriksen Please 🙏🏾💔😭 pic.twitter.com/tMCfU19rX3
— achrafhakimi (@AchrafHakimi) June 12, 2021
Tottenham, for whom Eriksen made 305 appearances for seven years starting from 2013, said, “All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family.”
All of our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen and his family. 🙏🏼 🤍
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 12, 2021
Canada’s national team also sent its best wishes to Eriksen and his family.
The thoughts of everyone at Canada Soccer are with Christian Eriksen, his family, teammates and all those in the Danish & extended football family.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) June 12, 2021
Mesut Ozil, attacking midfielder for Turkish club Fenerbahce, expressed his shock and said, “We’re all with you.”
Shocked. We're all with you, Christian Eriksen ❤️🇩🇰 Please be ok. 🙏🏼
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) June 12, 2021