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shocking scenes RTE defend decision to broadcast Christian Eriksen during cardiac arrest

A number of broadcasters kept cameras rolling as Eriksen received urgent treatment, including the BBC and RTÉ

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Paramedics use a stretcher to take Denmark’s Christian Eriksen off the pitch (Friedemann Vogel/PA)

Paramedics use a stretcher to take Denmark’s Christian Eriksen off the pitch (Friedemann Vogel/PA)

Paramedics use a stretcher to take Denmark’s Christian Eriksen off the pitch (Friedemann Vogel/PA)

RTÉ have defended their decision to continue broadcasting after Danish footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s opening Euro 2020 match on Saturday.

The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest in the first half of the Group B fixture in Copenhagen and was quickly attended by paramedics at the scene.

Spectators watched in horror as the footballer was given CPR and his team-mates formed a ring around him as medics pumped his chest just before half-time.

A number of stations kept cameras rolling as Eriksen received urgent treatment, including the BBC and RTÉ, many of which were criticised for exploiting the sportsman and his wife, who was filmed in a state of distress.

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Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the Euro 2020 game against Finland. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the Euro 2020 game against Finland. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in the Euro 2020 game against Finland. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

RTÉ have since defended their decision to continue their broadcast, with one spokesperson telling the Irish Mirror: “RTÉ at all times attempted to be sensitive, reflecting what was unfolding and keeping people informed while also cognisant of the need for sensitivity and privacy.”

Meanwhile, sports journalist and commentator Jacqui Hurley was faced with the difficult task of continuing to present her show on RTÉ following the traumatic incident.

In a tweet, Ms Hurley said: “In my 15 years of broadcasting I have never experienced a day like today & hope we never have another like it.

“Thank god Christian Eriksen is ok. Thinking of him & his family tonight and remembering just how precious life really is.”

Viewers praised the presenter for the way she handled the terrifying situation in a respectful way live on air on Saturday night.

Eriksen is currently in a stable condition and is awake in hospital where he is being examined.

“This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates,” the Danish Football Association said on Twitter.

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“His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination.”

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