Football is a lot more than a game. It’s a way of life, a way of life, a way of life. It’s also a way of life. Football and life have never been more intertwined in recent years.
Christian Eriksen slumped during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on Saturday, scaring the football world.
It was one of those times when everything appeared to come to a halt. Every corner of the Parken Stadium was filled with concern as Christian Eriksen lay unconscious.
In the minutes leading up to the player’s resuscitation, both home and away supporters, Danish and Finnish players, referees, and medics all performed crucial roles.
It was clear that the situation was complicated when the Danish players, led by Simon Kjaer, built a wall to shelter the struggling Eriksen from the unscrupulous cameramen’s lenses.
Thankfully, the medics arrived and were able to renew the Inter Milan player. Fans from both teams could be heard chanting Christian Eriksen’s name as he was stretchered off the field.
Denmark supporters screamed, “Christian! Christian!” while their Finnish counterparts screamed, “Eriksen! Eriksen!” It was the most visible show of solidarity for a guy who had just been fighting for his life.
The outpouring of love and concern on social media was remarkable.
Christian Eriksen’s teammates and teammates from other national teams began tweeting messages of support for him right once. Even opposing club teams expressed their support for the 29-year-old, wishing him a swift recovery.
Football has evolved from a sport based on love and fandom to one based on money above all else. Players are forced to play multiple matches a season with little regard for their emotional and physical well-being.
The reaction to the Eriksen episode, on the other hand, demonstrates that football’s humanitarian qualities are still very much alive. Many people still place a higher value on human life than a 90-minute scoreboard.
However, this does not exonerate UEFA and FIFA of responsibility for the sport’s flagrant abuse. The most recent occurrences provide ample proof that players are not machines and that their health should be taken seriously.
Eriksen has thankfully recovered consciousness, but he is unlikely to return to the competition. There are lessons to be learnt, and the best news is that our sport still holds human life in high regard.