Belgium announced that the team will suspend the ball in the 10th minute of the Euro 2021 match against Denmark on Thursday in recognition of Christian Eriksson, who suffered a cardiac arrest during the weekend against Finland.
Eriksson, wearing the No. 10 jersey of the Denmark team, is now stable and sober after a fall on the court, so this moment will be a celebration of his survival and improvement in health.
Romelu Lukaku said that the Belgian players will kick the ball out of the game in the 10th minute against Denmark, so the stadium can pay tribute to Christian Eriksson with one minute of applause👏👏 pic.twitter.com/objoHngW7C
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 16, 2021
Belgian coach Roberto Martinez told reporters: “This is a celebration in football and it is also for Christian.”
“You can imagine our uncertainty when the incident happened. It was a very difficult time. It was a difficult time for any player who was watching the game. It was a difficult time for any player who had been sharing the dressing room with Christian. It’s a difficult time.
“Then from then on, once you got the good news, Christian reacted positively. He was talking. He was in the hospital. Now it’s almost a celebration.”
How did Eriksson perform?
The 29-year-old passed out in the first half of the game against Finland on Saturday and had to recover on the court. Once it was learned that the Danish midfielder was in stable condition under the medical supervision of the local hospital, the game resumed.
Whether he will be allowed to resume his career at the highest level remains to be seen, but he has been posting positive messages to well-wishers.