Christian Eriksen will no longer be allowed to play for Inter Milan unless the defibrillator installed after his cardiac arrest while on duty in Denmark is removed, the Italian Football Association has said.
The 29-year-old collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland on June 12 and had to be urgently resuscitated by on-field medics. Eriksen was brought back to life on the pitch, but otherwise his football career remains in doubt.
After his cardiac arrest, it was confirmed that Eriksen has now placed an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in his chest to regulate any further disturbances in his heartbeat.
Eriksen plays club football for Inter Milan in Italy, a country that bans players at both amateur and professional levels from participating in matches if they have significant heart defects.
And Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian FA’s technical scientific committee, revealed that the Danish footballer will need to have the defibrillator removed to return to Italian football as it will show he has no further heart problems.
Christian Eriksen is banned from playing in Italy with a defibrillator in his chest
Eriksen, 29, went into cardiac arrest on June 12 during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match against Finland
Poacher told Radio Kiss Kiss: ‘Christian Eriksen cannot be given complete freedom to play in Italy.
“If the player has the defibrillator removed and thereby confirms that the pathology can be corrected, he can return to play for Inter.”
During Denmark’s opening tournament with Finland on June 12, Eriksen went unchallenged to the ground in Copenhagen halfway through the match and immediately received CPR treatment from medical personnel.
The match was postponed just after 6pm that night and Eriksen was seen sitting up on a stretcher a few minutes later with an oxygen mask over his mouth.
The Danish star urgently needed CPR on the pitch and was brought back to life in Copenhagen
Eriksen plays for an Italian club that has strict rules for players who play sports after heart problems
He was hospitalized before the Danish FA confirmed he was awake and conscious, while his agent Michael Schoots revealed later that evening that he could talk and talk while receiving more checks.
Denmark’s players then decided to finish the game after news of Eriksen’s recovery.
Eriksen was released from hospital on June 18 after six days of hospital treatment, during which he was fitted with an ICD, a device that connects to the heart via wires and sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.
After Eriksen’s discharge from hospital, Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said: ‘This device is needed after a heart attack due to arrhythmias.
“Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists at home and abroad who are all recommending the same treatment.”
Eriksen now has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to monitor his heart rhythm
The footballer was photographed in public for the first time since his collapse on July 2, posing with a young fan on the beach at Tisvilde Strand in northern Denmark.
The 29-year-old was given the chance to attend the Euro 2020 final on July 11, along with the six medics who saved his life.
On the night of Eriksen’s collapse, leading NHS cardiologist Dr. Scott Murray said Eriksen would likely not be able to play for Inter again due to Italy’s strict rules on allowing people with heart problems to participate in sporting activities.
dr. Murray told MailOnline: ‘It’s probably (the end of his career) for him. The Italians stop exercising if it is found that they have a significant heart defect, that is the law.
“They’ve been doing that for a long time, over 20 years, and they’ve reduced the death rate from cardiac arrest in sports from over 3 percent to less than one percent.”
Leading NHS cardiologist Dr. Scott Murray revealed Eriksen is unlikely to play football again
“He (Eriksen) comes from an Italian club, so he must have had all the tests before he started (playing for Inter). The Italians are the best at screening for heart disease in competitive athletes.
“Italy has the largest pre-participation screening in the world trying to reduce the number of events, but he still has an event on the pitch. So even if you screen, it can still happen.
“It’s going to be hard for him to take him out. He’s still going to be that 0.01 percent of the people that something will happen to you.”
Former Tottenham player Eriksen 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 squad to their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
During his time in England, Eriksen played for Spurs over 300 times in a six-and-a-half-year period in North London.
Professor Sanjay Sharma, who put the former Tottenham midfielder through a series of tests annually between 2013 and 2020, said Eriksen had no known history of heart problems, but no test was ‘foolproof’.