Gary Lineker and Alex Scott fight back tears as Christian Eriksen is given CPR
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Gary Lineker and Alex Scott have been left fighting back tears after Denmark's attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during his country's European Championship game against Finland.
The 29 year old professional footballer was seen doing a light jog down the field as he prepared to receive a throw-in in the 43rd minute of the opening game in Group B when he fell to the ground.
Referee Antony Taylor immediately signalled for medical attention while Eriksen's teammates shielded him as they formed a circle around him as he was given CPR.
Pundit Gary, 60, and 36 year old Alex witnessed the incident while speaking on the BBC and couldn't help but get emotional about what happened.
Gary said: “Obviously it’s impossible to get any update, any news at present. We’ll try and bring it to you if we get any. Let’s hope it’s good news.
“Alex, I mean, it’s very difficult to know what to say isn’t it, except let’s hope he’s okay."
"I'm already getting emotional, that's probably what everyone at home is probably witnessing," Alex said.
She continued: "As you said Gary, I think football completely goes out the window right now and you're thinking about his family, all the rest of the players that are out there witnessing it as well."
TV presenter Alex then confessed she contacted her own mum to express her love after Christian's terrifying collapse served as a reminder to her the importance of family.
Choking up, she added: "I actually just got on my phone and messaged my mum and told her I love her. I think it's a reminder of how quickly life can change, just like that."
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Eriksen was taken off the field on a stretcher and UEFA later released a statement revealing the footballer was stable.
They tweeted: "Following the medical emergency involving Denmark’s player Christian Eriksen, a crisis meeting has taken place with both teams and match officials.
"The player has been transferred to the hospital and has been stabilised."
The Danish Football Association also shared a statement, saying: "Christian Eriksen is awake and is undergoing further tests at Rigshospitalet.
"The match is temporarily postponed. A new report will come at 19.45."
The game resumed at 19:30.
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