Kasper Schmeichel has revealed that the options handed them by UEFA included a possibility of a 3-0 forfeit defeat following Christian Eri...
|Kasper Schmeichel has revealed that the options handed them by UEFA included a possibility of a 3-0 forfeit defeat following Christian Eriksen's collapse on Saturday. Finland went on to win 1-0 after the restart. (Photo credit: ESPN)|
"We were put in a position which I personally don't think we should have been put in," – Kasper Schmeichel after Denmark’s loss to Finland at Copenhagen.
Following the collapse of Christian Eriksen and the subsequent drama that followed, including the eventual resumption of the remaining 50minutes after about two and half hours of stoppage, unpleasant information are beginning to emerge.
Footballers and observers have hinted severally of an unfair attitude from the ruling body UEFA but this will cast the spotlight on everyone involved if the Danish national team doesn’t stop talking about what they saw as an injustice.
Tournament organizers had informed the world that the game was allowed to continue because both sides offered to play, but Leicester City Goalkeeper has come out to deny having the luxury of choice as he claimed there was an underlying threat in the choices offered by the organizers.
"We had two options. None of the options were good. We took the least bad one. There were a lot of players that weren't able to play the match. They were elsewhere [mentally]," Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite said Monday.
Apparently, UEFA had given them a choice of continuing on the same day or return the next day by 12 noon, however close sources insists there were threats that they would have to forfeit the three points and be handed three goals deficit.
"Something terrible like that happens and UEFA gives the players an option to go out and play the game or come back at 1200 on Sunday. What kind of option is that?" Peter Schmeichel, the father of Kasper, told the BBC.
Football business is one thing, respect for humanity is another, it might be right for the ruling body to reevaluate their approach to avoid situations like this; Denmark went on to lose to Finland on the game’s resumption but everyone from the Danish camp believes the game should never have restarted.