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There were some truly heartwarming scenes amid the horrific scenes following Christian Eriksen 's collapse on Saturday during the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland.
Clearly distressed Danish players forming a wall around the Eriksen and the medics while they helped to save his life, the shouts of "Christian" from Finnish fans while the Danes chanted back "Eriksen".
And it was actually the opposition supporters who went above and beyond to prevent unnecessary attention while Eriksen was stricken.
As players, staff and fans alike sobbed not knowing the health of the health of the former Spurs star, the Finnish faithful were being sure to lend a helping hand.
(RESTRICTIONS: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) Mandatory Credit: Photo by Friedemann Vogel/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (12070439cl) Christian Eriksen (C) of Denmark is stretchered off the pitch after receiving medical assistance during the UEFA EURO 2020 group B preliminary round soccer match between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 June 2021. Group B Denmark vs Finland, Copenhagen – 12 Jun 2021
(Image: Friedemann Vogel/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
After the touching wall of Danish players dispersed, some of the medical staff held up towels to provide Eriksen with the modesty he deserved.
But with barely enough to go round, some Finnish fans provided a large flag to protect Eriksen from unnecessary ogling.
The flag was used until Eriksen was practically out of sight, and the pictures of a Finnish flag behind Eriksen as he is stretchered off show a poignant mark of unity.
The Inter Milan playmaker was confirmed to be stable and awake in the coming hours as he was taken to hospital.
And on Sunday morning, in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday, the Danish FA wrote: "This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalised for further examination.
(RESTRICTIONS: For editorial news reporting purposes only. Images must appear as still images and must not emulate match action video footage. Photographs published in online publications shall have an interval of at least 20 seconds between the posting.) Mandatory Credit: Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (12070443dx) Players of Denmark escort their teammate Christian Eriksen as he is stretchered off the pitch after receiving medical assistanceduring the UEFA EURO 2020 group B preliminary round soccer match between Denmark and Finland in Copenhagen, Denmark, 12 June 2021. Group B Denmark vs Finland, Copenhagen – 12 Jun 2021
(Image: Wolfgang Rattay/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
"The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday's incident.
"We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players, the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.
"We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family."