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Cesc Fabregas has hailed Gary Lineker for the "composure and leadership" he showed during the BBC's coverage of Christian Eriksen's collapse.

Eriksen, 29, fell to the ground during Denmark's Euro 2020 encounter with Finland and was promptly treated by medics on the pitch.

The Inter Milan ace is in a stable condition following the terrifying incident and he was able to FaceTime his teammates from hospital to urge them to continue the match in his absence.

Finland emerged 1-0 victors after the game resumed later on Saturday evening, but the fixture – and the tournament itself – was overshadowed by Eriksen's collapse.

Eriksen received medical treatment on the pitch after collapsing
(Image: Wolfgang Rattay/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Lineker was hosting the BBC's Euro 2020 coverage at the time of the incident and took to Twitter to reflect on the "distressing" episode and praise the pundits with him in the studio.

"In 25 years of doing this job, that was the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcast I’ve ever been involved with," wrote Lineker.

"Thanks to Cesc Fabregas, Alex Scott and Micah Richards for your professionalism, warmth and empathy. Get well soon, Christian Eriksen."

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Responding to the former England striker, Monaco midfielder Fabregas wrote: "Thank you for your composure and leadership in this incredible difficult moment."

Meanwhile, Lineker also apologised for the pictures broadcast of Eriksen receiving CPR which left many fans disturbed and upset.

Denmark players formed a wall around their teammate to protect him from view, but cameras did not pan away from the stricken midfielder.

Those operating the cameras also picked out fans who were crying and clearly deeply distressed by what they were witnessing, leading to further backlash aimed at broadcasters.

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Lineker explained the BBC had no control over the images which were being aired, writing: "I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too).

"Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies."

Providing an account of the horrific ordeal, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said: "We were called on the field when Christian fell over. I did not even get to see it, but it quickly became clear that he was not conscious.

"When we got there, he was lying on his side and was breathing and had a pulse. Pretty quickly, the picture changed, and then we started life-saving heart treatment.

"We also got fantastic quick help from the stadium doctor and the rest of the emergency services, and we got the necessary measures implemented.

"We got Christian back, and he managed to talk to me before he was taken to the hospital for further investigation and examination."