Denmark’s Christian Eriksen collapsed during his side’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, in a distressing scene in Copenhagen.
The Inter Milan midfielder went down off the ball shortly before half-time in the match and players on both teams immediately signalled for medical attention.
The rest of the Denmark team formed a protective barrier around their teammate to shield him from view as medical staff appeared to perform CPR procedures.
Many were in tears, with English referee Anthony Taylor halting the game as cameras cut away.
After around 15 minutes Eriksen was stretchered off the field followed by the rest of the Denmark team, while Finland's players also left the pitch.
The fans in the stadium, who were celebrating the chance to see their national team again live at the stadium, sat silently in their seats waiting for news of Eriksen's condition to filter through.
UEFA tweeted that the match had been suspended due to a medical emergency.
“The UEFA EURO 2020 match in Copenhagen has been suspended due to a medical emergency,” UEFA said in a short statement.
Eriksen, 29, has over 100 caps for his country.
In an update on Saturday evening, UEFA said the Denmark midfielder had been transferred to hospital and stabilized.
The player is awake and undergoing treatment at the hospital, according to reports on Danish television.
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