BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Denmark’s soccer star Christian Eriksen has turned to the public for the first time since his collapse on Saturday evening. While the 29-year-old playmaker from Inter Milan continues to recover in the hospital, heir to the throne Frederik (53) visited the team around national coach Kasper Hjulmand in Elsinore north of Copenhagen on Tuesday.
In Budapest, the afternoon before the game between Hungary and Portugal, thousands of fans made a two-kilometer walk from Heroes’ Square to the Ferenc-Puskas-Arena. The Austrian national player Marko Arnautovic is threatened with a ban after the possibly insulting goal celebration of the former Bundesliga professional in the European Championship game against North Macedonia.
UEFA announced that it has initiated ethics and disciplinary proceedings against the 32-year-old – Arnautovic could be absent from the top Group C game on Thursday in the Netherlands. The striker is accused of having insulted the opposing player Ezgjan Alioski after scoring the 3-1 final score during the game on Sunday, including making racist remarks. The association of North Macedonia had demanded “the severest punishment for the Austrian national player”. Arnautovic had previously rejected the criticism of his jubilation on Monday.
Three days after his breakdown, Eriksen sent a message from the hospital. “Thank you very much for your lovely and great greetings and messages from all over the world. That means a lot to me and my family,” wrote Eriksen on Instagram.
Eriksen had collapsed and revived on the pitch on Saturday evening during the European Championship preliminary round match between Denmark and Finland (0-1) just before the end of the first half. He was taken to a hospital that evening, where, according to the Danish Association, his condition stabilized.
In the afternoon, thousands of fans in Hungary’s capital provided for long unexperienced scenes. The Budapest stadium is the only one that can be used to full capacity at the European Championship despite the corona pandemic. According to media reports, around 50,000 of the 67,155 seats are occupied by Hungarian fans. There is no mask requirement in the stadium, but the recommendation to wear a mask./wom/DP/fba