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Peter Schmeichel has branded UEFA's decision to restart Denmark vs Finland as "ridiculous" after Christian Eriksen collapsed during the Euro 2020 clash.
The Danish midfielder received emergency medical treatment before half-time in their tournament opener and was taken to hospital. The 29-year-old remains stable and is being further examined.
Both teams were given the option to restart the match that evening or on Saturday morning, but knowing that Eriksen was in safe hands, they opted to get the game finished as Finland would go on to secure a 1-0 win.
And Manchester United legend Schmeichel – dad of Kasper who started in goals for the Danes – has criticised the decision to get the game back up and running as the players would not have been in the right frame of mind.
Simon Kjar, Martin Braithwaite and Kasper Schmeichel of Denmark showing emotions watching the medical treatment of Christian Eriksen
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He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I want to put on record that it is absolutely ridiculous that UEFA come up with a solution like that.
"Something terrible happens and UEFA gives the players an option to go out and play the game the last 55 minutes or whatever it was or come back at 12 o’clock today, I mean what kind of option is that?
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"So you go back to your hotel in the case for the Danes is 45 minutes away, you cannot sleep, you might not even sleep because watching trauma like that has a massive effect on you of course and then get back on the team bus at 8am to play the rest of the game.
"It was not an option, it was a ridiculous decision by UEFA and they should have tried to work out a different scenario and show a bit of compassion and they didn’t.
"I don’t know [about other solutions], but why 12 o clock? Why take TV scheduling and all of that into consideration. Why 12 o’clock?
"That was ridiculous and to be fair, the result of the game is completely irrelevant and I have to be very honest […] we obviously made a decision if the players come out and play they will only play if Christian is alright and by alright it means he is alive and speaking to the players, they knew he was okay.
"That was very very hard and I could not understand the decision, I couldn’t and the game was irrelevant, totally. How can you play?"