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The 29-year-old collapsed to the ground at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen shortly before half-time, leaving players from both teams in clear distress. Medics soon rushed onto the pitch and began administering CPR. His wife, Sabrina Kvist Jensen was in the stadium at the time, and was seen visibly distressed by the incident. She was consoled by fellow Danish players Simon Kjaer and  Kasper Schmeichel. 

The BBC was criticised for continuing to show footage of the medical treatment and for panning to Eriksen’s upset wife.

But the corporation were quick to issue a public apology and said they were not responsible for the in-stadium coverage.

They said in a statement: “Everyone at the BBC is hoping Christian Eriksen makes a full recovery.

“We apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast.

“In-stadium coverage is controlled by Uefa as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the match was suspended, we took our coverage off air as quickly as possible.”

Gary Linekar, who was hosting the commentary from the BBC studio, also apologised for the live coverage of the distressing scene.

He wrote on Twitter: “We will be back on air at 7.25 on @bbcone.

“I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too). Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control.

“They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies.”

Eriksen is now awake after being stablilised and transferred to hospital, with both UEFA and the Danish Football Union confirming the news via Twitter.

Denmark tweeted an update which read: “Christian Eriksen is awake and is (set) for further examinations at Rigshospitalet (hospital).”

The first round match between the two nations was was quickly suspended but was given the green light to resume at 7.30pm upon the request of both teams.



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