|Christian Eriksen collapsed in Denmark's Euro 2020 opener against Finland and missed the rest of the tournament. (Photo credit: UEFA.com)|
The European football governing body UEFA has announced that this week, Denmark captain Simon Kjær and the medical team that saved the life of Christian Eriksen will receive the 2021 UEFA President’s Award.
The accolade is a mark of homage for their vital contributions in coming to Eriksen’s aid when he suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s #EURO2020 match against Finland in Copenhagen; it was their opening group game.
Aleksander Čeferin: "This year, the President’s Award transcends football. It serves as an important and eternal reminder of just how precious life is and puts everything in our lives into the clearest perspective."
Aleksander Čeferin: "I have the utmost admiration for the doctors and medical staff for their outstanding reaction and calmness, attributes which were crucial in Christian’s resuscitation."
Aleksander Čeferin: "I remain grateful for the exemplary leadership qualities and immense courage that Denmark’s captain, Simon Kjær, displayed in this most critical of situations.
Aleksander Čeferin: I would also like to send my very best wishes to Christian Eriksen and his family as he continues his recovery."
A message from Christian Eriksen to the UEFA President's Award winners: "I would like to thank Morten [Skjoldager], Morten [Boesen] and the medical team who helped in Parken on 12 June. You did a fantastic job and saved my life."
Christian Eriksen: "Big thanks to my friend and captain Simon and my teammates in the Danish team for your support, both on 12 June and afterwards. Thanks to all the fans who have sent messages to me and my family. It means a lot and has given us strength and support. Thank you."