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Gary Lineker has offered a heartfelt apology following criticism aimed at the BBC for their coverage of Christian Eriksen’s collapse, adding that the images shown were completely out of their control.
Eriksen, who had started the game between Denmark vs Finland in Copenhagen, collapsed to the turf in the closing stage of the opening period with no players around him.
Teammates, opponents and match officials quickly gestured for urgent medical attention as the former Tottenham player lay stricken on the floor.
The 29-year-old has now regained consciousness and is at a nearby hospital receiving treatment and undergoing testing.
The game has now resumed at the request of both sets of players, with UEFA confirming in an update on social media.
Gary Lineker offered an apology to viewers as coverage resumed on BBC
That statement read: “Following the request made by players of both teams, UEFA has agreed to restart the match between Denmark and Finland tonight at 20:30 CET (TBC).
“The last four minutes of the first half will be played, there will then be a 5-minute half-time break followed by the second half.
However, many viewers were left distraught after BBC’s coverage clearly showed Eriksen receiving CPR, despite his Denmark colleagues forming a wall around him.
Lineker has confirmed that the images shown as part of BBC’s coverage were from the host provider and out of their control.
In a tweet, the Match of the Day host said: “We will be back on air at 7.25 on @BBCOne. I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too).
“Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies.”
Christian Eriksen regained consciousness with his condition now described as stable
(Image: Pool via REUTERS)
And when coverage resumed on BBC, Lineker added: “Everyone at the BBC is hoping that Christian Eriksen makes a full recovery of course, and we apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast.
“The stadium coverage is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster and as soon as the match was suspended we took our coverage off air as quickly as possible."
The game ended 1-0 to Finland, after which, Lineker took to social media, proclaiming the evening the most difficult in his broadcasting career.
The post read: In 25 years of doing this job, that was the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcast I’ve ever been involved with. Thanks to Cesc Fabregas, Alex Scott and Micah Richards for your professionalism, warmth and empathy. Get well soon, Christian Eriksen."
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin issued a message shortly after the positive news regarding Eriksen’s condition emerged.
“Moments like this put everything in life into perspective,” he said. “I wish Christian a full and speedy recovery and pray his family has strength and faith.
“At these times, the unity of the football family is so strong and he and his family carry with them the good wishes and prayers of everyone. I heard of fans of both teams chanting his name. Football is beautiful and Christian plays it beautifully.”