UEFA defends itself from claims it pressured Denmark to play


NYON, Switzerland — UEFA defended itself Monday from claims that Denmark players were put under pressure to resume their European Championship game against Finland after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field.

Eriksen fell face-forward onto the field in the 43rd minute of the game against Finland and needed critical care. The Euro 2020 match resumed about 90 minutes later and the Finns won 1-0.

“UEFA is sure it treated the matter with utmost respect for the sensitive situation and for the players,” the governing body said. “It was decided to restart the match only after the two teams requested to finish the game on the same evening.”

Former Denmark great Peter Schmeichel, the father of current national team goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, questioned that Monday on a British TV show.

Schmeichel said the players felt they had little choice when given the options to resume, come back on Sunday at noon, or forfeit the game as a 3-0 loss.

UEFA said “the players’ need for 48 hours’ rest between matches eliminated other options.”

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