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Denmark star Christian Eriksen’s collapse during his nation’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland overshadowed not only that match but the entire opening weekend of the tournament.
The Inter playmaker suddenly collapsed during a distressing episode which saw the game immediately halted and medical staff rushed onto the field of play to treat Eriksen.
The former Tottenham ace was given urgent medical care, rushed to hospital and then brought to a stable condition with subsequent positive updates following the alarming incident outlining that he is now in a ‘stable’ condition.
However, despite the huge relief in the aftermath of the incident that Eriksen’s life had been saved by the emergency medical services, the nature of the episode would have been deeply distressing not only for those on the pitch, but also for those in the stands.
Denmark star Christian Eriksen collapsed to the ground in the game against Finland, but is now in a stable condition
(Image: UEFA via Getty Images)
The match was being broadcast live around the world and many will have found it incredibly difficult to see Eriksen’s suddenly collapsing to the ground and the shock which eclipsed the stadium.
Now, the Danish FA has shared advice for those who have been negatively impacted by the harrowing episode.
The advice is primarily aimed at how parents should speak with their children who were watching the match, by answering questions and how to approach the sensitivity around what had happened.
The Danish FA have claimed that the information from children’s charity Børns Vilkår will be useful for many, with such an incident likely to have impacted many of those watching on.
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It is described how such shocking images are likely to remain in your mind for a long time after the incident, with many people – particularly those who are younger – struggling to fully digest and understand what had happened.
The first piece of advice is to allow the children to speak about their feelings.
The advice reads : “People react differently when they have experienced something shocking. Some kids might want to talk about it all the time, maybe they make fun of it. Other children may become upset, quiet, or perhaps angry. One emotion is no more real than the other, and the emotions can fluctuate.
“The important thing is that as an adult you are there with the child, for the feelings that may come, so that they feel that it is okay that they have them and that they can safely express them. That way, they will gain experience with the feelings they have.”
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The advice then continues: “The child may also notice that they have many thoughts and questions. It could be about Christian Eriksen and his family, or questions about "What happened?" It can also be questions about death, about football or about completely different things, but just imagine that they will think about.
“It is good that the child asks, it can be a way of processing the information for them. It may also be that the child does not ask so much, but that you sense their mind is occupied, and then it is okay to ask them: "Is there anything special you have thought about after we saw the match last Saturday?"
“It may be good for them to know that they can ask. The children do not necessarily have to get many details and words, but may need to be reassured, while at the same time feeling that it is perfectly okay for them to ask.
“You could can say, for example: "There are some skilled doctors who take care of Christian Eriksen, and he is feeling better now." Or: “I can well understand that you were startled to see it and that you were thinking about whether it could happen to others. It is very rare that this happens, and there are doctors and adults who make sure that this kind does not happen to others.”
“Another option is: "All the players and the audience were so good at taking care of each other, so there is definitely someone who takes good care of Christian Eriksen's family and his teammates."”
The advice continues that as an adult, you also need to look after yourself.
“As an adult, you can also react to this and it can be difficult to control. There must be room for that. But it can be good that you shield the children from the adults' talk about Christian Eriksen, the struggle, and the thoughts you have. Talk to other adults about it, in situations where you are alone. When you get help for your thoughts and feelings, you can more easily remain calm in situations where your child needs to talk.
“Also pay attention to the amount of news, video clips and pictures about and from the situation, so that the child does not get more pictures or information than they already have or need. If they have seen the child anyway, which they were afraid of, they should know that they can come to an adult.”
Finally, the advice concludes that the next time you are watching football together, you should do something nice for you all to enjoy.
“If the child and you, as a family, feel like it, it may be a good idea to watch next time there is an international match. So that the child feels that they can see along, without having to be nervous, and so that they can see the unity and the joy that will in all probability be present at a match next time. If the child feels insecure, one should not push for there to be room for the feelings and reactions that are now there. But it can be a great way to gather around something nice, following on from a shocking experience.”