Denmark's captain, Simon Kjaer, instantly ran over to him and appeared to clear Eriksen’s airways.
Almost simultaneously, the cameras zoomed in on Eriksen’s pale face and the Denmark team formed a human wall around him as medics arrived.
What followed was a truly distressing watch as a 29-year-old dad, son and boyfriend fought for his life on the football pitch. With nearly 15,200 fans in attendance at and millions watching across the world, cameras continued to film fans, team mates and Eriksen’s family who were clearly in distress. Some were crying, some were praying.
I watched the scene unfurl in horror. Not only because of the shocking situation which was unravelling, but because it was being streamed live on TV.
I was disgusted when cameras focused on Eriksen’s girlfriend, crying into the shoulder of captain Kjaer as she was told the distressing news that her boyfriend was being given CPR. The cameras only cut to the studio when Eriksen was being stretchered off of the pitch.
Later that evening, it was confirmed Eriksen was in a stable condition, being treated in a Copenhagen hospital. Yesterday, (June 15) Eriksen posted on Instagram thanking his fans for their well-wishes and said ‘I’m fine – under the circumstances’.
The live scenes which were broadcasted prompted huge backlash on both the BBC which aired them, and UEFA, which filmed them. To continue to broadcast people in distress during such a terrifying event was a huge intrusion of privacy. BBC has apologised but said ‘in stadium’ coverage is controlled by UEFA. Whatever the case, they could have cut to the studio sooner. The most important thing is that Eriksen is alive and well. However both the BBC and UEFA film crews must ensure an incident like that is never broadcasted in such a disrespectful and intruding way again.
This is the final push – and it’s proving vaccine efficacy
The frustration from business sectors which are going to suffer due to the postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ is understandable.
Since the beginning of the roadmap, which was set out several months ago, June 21 was the day we have all been waiting for. But as Boris Johnson dashed hopes of it coming to fruition on Monday night, some business owners are rightfully exasperated.
It must be so hard to see certain sectors of our economy– such as retail – reopen freely.
The public’s health should remain as the most important factor. This delay should prove to everyone the importance of getting vaccinated when it’s your turn.
Record numbers may reflect our economy bouncing back
There are signs that our economy is thriving once again.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported there were 197,000 more people in payrolled employment last month compared with April, the highest rise since records began in 2014.
Considering the uncertainty surrounding the job market during the past year – especially with furlough – this is good news and perhaps an indication that we are coming out the other side of the pandemic.
Around 3.4m people are still on furlough but it’s predicted that many will be returning to their jobs later this year.
It is always encouraging to have some positive news.