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Don't boo! FA issues last-minute appeal to fans as England players take knee vs Croatia

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ENGLAND fans have been urged to not boo players taking the knee by the FA, ahead of their Euro 2020 opening fixture against Croatia at Wembley, insisting that it’s a gesture of unity, and not aligned to any political organisation.

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Christian Eriksen, cardiac arrest, Denmark vs Finland, video, highlights

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There are few prettier things in life than the world game in full flight.

Christian Eriksen was one such player that made the game what it is: poetry in motion. Movement. Pace. Theatre.

Tragically, cruelly, Eriksen might not grace the field in a professional arena again.

That’s the opinion of a leading sports cardiologist, who worked with the star footballer, following his cardiac arrest on Sunday (AEST).

The star Dane, who was Tottenham’s main man for the best part of a decade before helping Inter Milan break their 11-year title drought in this year’s Serie A league, collapsed in the moments before half-time during his nation’s Euro 2020 game against Finland.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports cardiology at London’s St George’s University who worked with Eriksen at Tottenham Hotspur, said football bodies would likely be “very strict” about allowing the 29-year-old to play again.

“Clearly something went terribly wrong,” Sharma said.

“But they managed to get him back, the question is what happened? And why did it happen?

“This guy had normal tests all the way up to 2019 so how do you explain this cardiac arrest?”

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Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said Eriksen received lifesaving cardiac massage treatment on the pitch but was able to speak before being taken to hospital.

“We were called onto the field when Christian collapsed. He was lying on his side when we approached him and there was respiration and pulse,” Boesen said post-match.

“But that picture changed and he then received lifesaving cardiac massage. We quickly got help from the stadium doctor and we got Christian back.”

Prof Sharma, who chairs the Football Association’s expert cardiac consensus group, said he was “pleased” by news that Eriksen was awake in hospital.

“The fact he’s stable and awake, his outlook is going to be very good,” he told the PA news agency.

“I don’t know whether he’ll ever play football again.

“Without putting it too bluntly, he died today, albeit for a few minutes, but he did die and would the medical professional allow him to die again?

“The answer is no.”

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Prof Sharma added that it would be up to both the player and his club to assess the risks of continuing to play.

“His cardiac arrest has rocked the entire nation today and that’s what happens. It’s not just them that it affects, it’s the psyche of so many people,” he said.

“The good news is he will live, the bad news is he was coming to the end of his career, so would he play another professional football game? That I can’t say.

“In the UK he wouldn’t play. We’d be very strict about it.”

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand heaped praise on his team after they returned to the field to complete the match after many were visibly distraught at Eriksen’s plight.

Denmark eventually lost their opening Group B game 1-0.

“Everyone agreed to play, and what we tried to do was incredible,” said an emotional Hjulmand.

“We have a group of players I can’t praise enough. I couldn’t be prouder of these people who take such good care of each other.

“They decide first of all not to do anything until we were sure that Christian was conscious, and that everything was OK.

“So we had two options, either finish the game tonight or play tomorrow at midday. Everyone agreed on playing today … The fact that the players tried to play the second and dominate … I’m very affected.

“All our thoughts and prayers are to Christian and his family right now. He’s one of the best players there is and he’s an even better person.”

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Jadon Sancho is expected to sign for Manchester United, but the Red Devils have put together their back-up plan in case the England forward remains at Borussia Dortmund.

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