Denmark coach steps up UEFA criticism over game resumption

COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand stepped up his criticism of UEFA on Tuesday for not offering his gamers the alternative to delay the video game versus Finland in the wake of Christian Eriksen’s collapse.

Hjulmand stated UEFA stopped working to “lead with compassion” which his gamers were put “in a hugely difficult situation” after the occurrence on Saturday at the European Champion.

The Euro 2020 video game resumed following a suspension of about 90 minutes after Eriksen suffered heart attack and needed to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.

Denmark was offered the alternative by UEFA to either resume that night or come back at twelve noon on Sunday. That has actually caused prevalent anger in Denmark and a spat in between the group and UEFA about whether the gamers were pressed into returning onto the field so quickly.

Hjulmand explained that recently produced coronavirus procedures for Euro 2020 enable UEFA to delay a video game for 2 days if a particular variety of gamers from one group test favorable or need to self isolate.

”The only genuine management would have been to put the gamers on a bus and send them house. And after that offer with it after,” Hjulmand stated. ”With corona cases it’s possible to delay a video game for 2 days. However with heart attack, obviously it’s not. And I believe that’s incorrect. You don’t always discover excellent management in the procedures. Excellent management can often be to lead with empathy.”

UEFA on Monday safeguarded its handling of the circumstance and has actually consistently stated it wasn’t possible to delay the video game for longer since Finland is because of play its 2nd group video game on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia. Denmark plays Belgium in Group B in Copenhagen on Thursday.

Finland scored after the resumption and won 1-0. Had Denmark declined to play, it would have run the risk of being handed a 3-0 surrender loss.

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

Nevertheless, the persistence from UEFA that it was the Denmark gamers who asked for the resumption on Saturday has actually rankled both Hjulmand and his gamers. They firmly insist that it would have been even worse to come back Sunday after a sleep deprived night which they need to have been offered a 3rd alternative.

“It’s completely wrong to give the perception that it was we who came and said we wanted to continue playing as our first option. It was a choice between the two scenarios,” Hjulmand stated. ”And after that you can argue whether we were put under pressure. I felt that the gamers — and us near them — were put under that pressure and were considered that predicament. It was an extremely tight spot to be in.”

Eriksen stays in the health center and sent his very first public message by means of social networks on Tuesday, thanking fans from around the globe for their well-wishes.

Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite stated Monday that he and his colleagues would have chosen a longer post ponement.

”It was not our desire to play,” Braithwaite stated. “But we were told we had to make a decision. … There were many players who weren’t in a condition to play the match. We were in a completely different place.”

Hjulmand stated he’s not anticipating any type of payment from UEFA however is hoping that the governing body gains from the occurrence.

“Looking back, I don’t feel right that we were there (back on the field) after the incident,” Hjulmand stated. “I think it showed so much strength from the guys, to be able to go out and play. That shows so much character, so much strength, and I’m very proud of that.

“Having said that, I don’t think it was the right thing to be given those two choices, play now or tomorrow at 12. … And maybe that’s a learning lesson for the future.”


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.