Danish football star Christian Eriksen won’t be allowed to return for his title-winning Inter Milan this season after health rules effectively banned him from playing in Italy.
The football world was stunned when the midfielder suffered an on-field cardiac arrest and collapsed during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match against Finland in June.
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Teammates formed a shield around Eriksen as medics performed CPR on the pitch – several of the athletes were spotted in tears while others prayed.
As messages of support flooded in from players from all over the world, Eriksen issued a defiant statement as he began his recovery: “I won’t give up”.
The Danish team doctor who attended to Eriksen revealed his pulse stopped following his harrowing collapse and said “he was gone”, as medical experts raised doubts over whether he would be able to play football again.
The football world was stunned when Eriksen collapsed during a game at the Euros. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Getty Images)
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Six days after collapsing, Eriksen was released from hospital following surgery to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) device fitted — a type of pacemaker that can prevent fatal cardiac arrests by discharging a jolt to restore a regular heart rhythm.
However, there is a blanket rule in Italy that bans elite athletes if they have suffered cardiac arrests and are at increased risk.
Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian Football Federation’s Technical Scientific committee, first said in August Eriksen would not be allowed to play in Italy unless his ICD device was removed.
Inter Milan has now said it is open to letting Eriksen leave the Serie A champions in an attempt to continue his career in a country that would allow him to play.
“With reference to the registration rights of the player Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury which occurred during the Eur…