After receiving hundreds of complaints from viewers the BBC have apologised.
BBC apologise for showing on-field treatment of Christian Eriksen. They kept the cameras rolling while Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen was receiving treatment on the pitch. His team were playing against Finland in the 2020 Euro tournament at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen when he suddenly dropped to the ground shortly before half-time.
Players from both teams were seen to be clearly distressed. Eriksen is reported to be awake and recovering in hospital. A statement from the BBC read “We apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast.
In-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.” According to UEFA the match continued at 7.30pm after being suspended as both teams decided to play on.
Denmark took to Twitter to say “Christian Eriksen is awake and is set for further examinations at Rigshospitalet Hospital.” Gary Lineker, who was in the studios for the match, said “In 25 years of doing this job, that was the most difficult, distressing and emotional broadcast I’ve ever been involved with.”
He added “Get well soon, Christian Eriksen.” UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said shortly after the incident “Awful scenes at Denmark v Finland Euros game. Thoughts with Christian Eriksen and his family.” Other players also posted on social media to show their support.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted “Deeply upsetting scenes in Copenhagen. My thoughts right now are with Christian Eriksen, his family, and everyone in Denmark and around the world praying for his recovery.”