The emergency team and the captain of Denmark will be recognized for their actions during Euro 2020
The medical team that saved the Danish player’s life Christian eriksen on the Euro 2020, as well as the captain of the national team Denmark, Simon Kjaer, they will receive the President Award that grants the UEFA, announced the entity itself.
They have been awarded “in tribute to their vital contributions to help Eriksen when the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in the field“reported UEFA.
The Euro 2020 will go down in history not only for football, but for the episode that took place on June 12, when Eriksen collapsed from heart failure. The quick intervention of his partner and captain Simon Kjaer, as well as the medical equipment and officials from the match, helped the Danish to leave the stadium alive.
“Simon Kjaer share the honor for your reaction by immediately helping Eriksen, as well as for the exceptional leadership qualities that he showed “, highlighted the highest body of eujropeo football.
Aleksander Ceferin, President of the UEFA, described the awardees as “the true heroes of the tournament“.
“When Eriksen collapsed, along with millions of fans, I was deeply concerned and shocked. I greatly admire the medical team and staff for their excellent reaction and calm, attributes that were crucial in the resuscitation of Christian“, he stressed.
“I remain grateful for the exemplary leadership qualities and immense courage that the captain of Denmark, Simon Kjaer, showed in this critical situation, “he added.
“This year the award goes beyond football. It serves as an important and timeless reminder of how precious life is and puts everything in perspective,” said Ceferin.
Kjaer, current AC Milan player, who played for Sevilla two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), declared: “It’s something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives. The team reacted as a unit … as a team. I try to lead the team on and off the field, in all aspects of life, as footballers, when we are together. I think it is one of the greatest privileges I have in my career“.
Eriksen did not miss the opportunity to show his appreciation to the medical team for their performance: “I would like to thank Morten Skjoldager, Morten Boesen and the medical team who helped me on June 12. You did a fantastic job and saved my life. I also want to thank to my friend and captain Simon Kjaer and to my colleagues on the Danish team for their support, both on June 12 and after. “
Mogens Kreutzfeldt, chief medical officer of the Euro 2020 in Copenhagen, he assured: “We did what we had to do and what we were trained to do. Everyone knew their role, everyone knew what to do. We were not excited on the scene. Afterwards we were, of course, like everyone else. We are very happy and proud of the Outcome”.