Uefa Referees Chief has praised English referee Anthony Taylor for his handling of the Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest incident. Eriksen needed to be resuscitated on the pitch during their first group game of Euro 2020 against Finland. He collapsed on the pitch before halftime with Taylor immediately signaling for the medical team to treat the midfielder. UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said that the response of Taylor followed by the medical team was critical in saving the midfielder’s life.
“Everyone recognized that Anthony (Taylor) was perfect. He managed this difficult moment in a great way,” UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said about the Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest incident. “We are proud about his behavior, we are proud about his cold blood. We recommended to the referees that safety is first, it is the most important target for us. The referees must, and they are ready, to stop the match immediately in these situations. Anthony was amazing.”
The Danish Football Association confirmed on their social media that Eriksen was discharged from the hospital after being fitted with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. Eriksen visited his Danish teammates after being released from the hospital.
“It was great to see him. That helped a lot of the guys I think just to see him and erase the last image we had of him on the pitch.” denmark goalkeeper kasper schmeichel said. “To see him in real life and to see that he was okay…it was really important.”