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‘I don’t think he plays again’ – Rio Ferdinand offers advice to Christian Eriksen after cardiac arrest


The pundit says he was really affected by Saturday’s distressing scenes (Pictures: Getty)

Rio Ferdinand says he was rocked by Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland and has suggested the midfielder will not play again.

The 29-year-old collapsed towards the end of the first half of Saturday’s match in Copenhagen and had to be resuscitated by a defibrillator before being taken to hospital.

Denmark have confirmed he is now in a stable condition and has even been video-calling his teammates, though he remains hospitalised while doctors investigate the cause of his cardiac arrest.

Eriksen received CPR and required a defibrillator to be resuscitated (Picture: AP)

Ferdinand, who is part of the BBC’s punditry team for the Euros, was horrified by the scenes and feels Eriksen should now only focus on his family and getting healthy, not his football career.

Asked if he thinks the Dane will play again, Ferdinand said on his Vibe With Five YouTube show: ‘I don’t think he plays again, I’ve got to be honest.

‘If I’m him I’m not thinking about that probably, I’d just want to be healthy for the sake of my family really.’

On watching the situation unfold, he continued: ‘I got a bit emotional, I’ve got to be honest.

‘Just to see that and to see the effects on his wife, the pictures of his wife or his girlfriend coming through as well, it was just so emotional man.

‘It hits you and just makes you think about life, man, and the importance of really appreciating life and enjoying your life.

‘It’s just great we can sit here and he’s made comments that are now live in the media about he didn’t know what happened, he’s keen to find out what happened.

Ferdinand was particularly shocked by the footage of Eriksen’s partner (Picture: Getty)

‘I think they’re saying [it was] a cardiac arrest, I wouldn’t like to jump to conclusions but I think that’s the rumours that I’m hearing.

‘But I just think he’ll obviously be evaluating his life post this, and just hopefully he continues his recovery in the vein that he is at the moment – which seems to be positive.

‘It was a day that football stands still and you go, “Wow!” It’s a tournament, we’re happy it’s started and stuff, but when situations like that happen you think, “Wow, ok, just look at life”.’


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