First and foremost, our thoughts are with Christian Eriksen, his partner and their family. We are so encouraged by the news of Christian’s stable condition and send him our best wishes for a full recovery.
Our gratitude goes to the referee, Anthony Taylor, and the medical team for their prompt action in enacting emergency protocol under extreme pressure, which ultimately saved Christian’s life.
Our thoughts have also been with the players of both teams, especially Denmark. Captain, Simon Kjaer and Kasper Schmeichel played pivotal roles by rushing to Eriksen’s aid, assisting medical staff and coordinating the players, who did all they could despite their own distress. In their actions, the Danish team allowed their teammate the dignity he deserved, and their demonstration of such calm leadership commands our ultimate respect.
The trauma the players will have experienced has been at the forefront of our minds since Saturday. Any Danish or Finnish player who is a current or former PFA member is entitled to access our wellbeing services, and we will be in touch with the players this week to offer our full support.
The term ‘football family’ is used loosely at times, but on Saturday, united in our hope for Christian, that’s what we all were.