Christian Eriksen will not be ALLOWED to play in Italian football again following his cardiac arrest for Denmark at Euro 2020 unless the Inter Milan star’s defibrillator is REMOVED, says leading scientific expert for Italian FA 


  • Christian Eriksson suffers cardiac arrest in Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign
  • The player collapsed during his country’s match with Finland and required CPR
  • Ericsson, 29, was brought back on the pitch and now has a defibrillator
  • An Italian FA science committee says Ericsson cannot play with heart problems
  • Member says Inter Milan star must remove his defibrillator to play

The Italian Football Association has said that Christian Eriksson will not be allowed to play for Inter Milan again until the defibrillator fitted to him after a cardiac arrest while on duty in Denmark is removed.

The 29-year-old collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on 12 June and required immediate CPR treatment from pitch-side medics. Ericsson was brought back on the pitch but the rest of his football career remains in doubt.

Following his cardiac arrest, it was confirmed that Ericsson now had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) inserted into his chest to control any further disturbances in his heartbeat.

Ericsson plays club football for Inter Milan in Italy, a country that bans players from competition at both the amateur and professional level if they have any significant heart abnormalities.

And Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian FA’s technical scientific committee, revealed that the Danish footballer should have the defibrillator removed to play in Italian football again, as it would show he had no further heart problems.

Christian Ericsson will not be allowed to play in Italy while he has a chest defibrillator

Ericsson, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 match against Finland on 12 June

Ericsson, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland on 12 June

poacher Told Radio Kiss Kiss: ‘It can’t be entirely explained whether Christian Eriksson is to play in Italy.

‘If the player has had the defibrillator removed, so it is confirmed that the pathology can be resolved, he can return to play for Inter.’

During Denmark’s Euro 2020 opening with Finland on 12 June, Ericsson took to the field without challenge in the middle of the match in Copenhagen and received immediate CPR treatment from medical staff.

The match was postponed after 6 pm that evening and Ericsson was seen sitting upright, while an oxygen mask was put on his face a few minutes later.

The Danish star needed immediate CPR on the pitch and was brought back to Copenhagen

The Danish star needed immediate CPR on the pitch and was brought back to Copenhagen

Ericsson plays for an Italian club that has strict rules on players playing after heart problems.

Ericsson plays for an Italian club that has strict rules on players playing after heart problems.

He was hospitalized before the Danish FA confirmed that he was awake and conscious, while his agent, Michael Schutz, revealed later that evening that he was talking and talking while receiving more checks. was able to.

The Danish players decided to call off the match after hearing the news of Ericsson’s recovery.

Ericsson was released from the hospital on June 18 after six days of hospital treatment, which saw him fitted with an ICD, a device connected to the heart with wires and an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.

After Ericsson was released from the hospital, Danish team doctor Morten Bosen said: ‘This device is essential after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

‘Christians have accepted the solution and the plan has been ratified by experts nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.’

Ericsson now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to control your heart's rhythm

Ericsson now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to control your heart’s rhythm

The footballer was photographed in public for the first time since his fall on July 2 as he posed with a young fan at Tisvild Strand beach in northern Denmark.

The 29-year-old was given the chance to participate in the Euro 2020 final on 11 July, along with the six medics who saved his life.

On the night of Ericsson’s fall, leading NHS cardiologist Dr Scott Murray claimed that Eriksson was likely to be able to play for Inter again due to Italy’s strict rules for allowing people with heart problems to participate in sporting activities. Won’t happen.

Dr Murray told MailOnline: ‘Maybe it is for him (the end of his career). It is the law to prohibit Italians from participating in sports if they are found to have a significant cardiac abnormality.

‘They’ve been doing this for a long time, more than 20 years, and they’ve reduced the death rate from cardiac arrest in sport from less than 3 percent to under one percent.

Prominent NHS cardiologist Dr Scott Murray reveals Ericsson is unlikely to play football again

Prominent NHS cardiologist Dr Scott Murray reveals Ericsson is unlikely to play football again

“He (Eriksson) comes from an Italian club, so he should have gone through all the tests before starting (playing for Inter). Italians are the best at screening for heart disease in competitive athletes.

‘Italy has the largest pre-participation screening in the world which tries to minimize incidents, but it still has an event on the pitch. So even if you screen, it can still happen.

‘It will be difficult to eliminate him, he is still (going to be) that 0.01 percent of the people who will still be something.

Former Tottenham player Ericsson had no heart problems before his collapse in June

Former Tottenham player Ericsson had no heart problems before his collapse in June

The Danish midfielder has played 60 times for Inter Milan since joining the club from Tottenham Hotspur 18 months ago. The 29-year-old helped the Italian side win their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.

While playing in England, Ericsson was dismissed for Spurs more than 300 times in a six-and-a-half-year spell in north London.

Professor Sanjay Sharma, who put the former Tottenham midfielder through annual tests between 2013 and 2020, said Ericsson had no known history of heart problems – but none of the tests were ‘foolproof’.

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