Reigning Serie A holders Inter Milan has confirmed that Christian Eriksen will not be able to play in Italy this season following his cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 match that required him to wear an implanted defibrillator. It is learnt that the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) do not allow players with heart conditions to continue playing in Italy. Follow us for more Euro football contents.
“With reference to the registration rights of the player Eriksen, it should be noted that following a serious injury which occurred during the European Championship in June 2021, the player has been temporarily inhibited by the Italian medical authority from sporting activity in the current season,” Inter said in a statement. Continue reading to know more about the Euro Champions League.
During the opening match of Euro 2020 between Finland and Denmark, the Danish footballer suddenly collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of the game. He suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated before being stretchered off the field. The incident required him to wear an implanted defibrillator, a device connected to the heart that sends an electrical pulse to correct irregular rhythms.
According to the Italian football rules, players at both amateur and professional level with a significant heart problem or device implanted in their body are banned from playing in any of the country’s football leagues. In August, Francesco Braconaro, a member of the Italian FA’s technical scientific committee, said that Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy unless the ICD device is removed.
Inter added that Eriksen could be allowed to continue his career abroad this season. However, it will still depend on the rulings of the country’s football body. Eriksen, who has a contract in San Siro until 2024, spent six and a half seasons with Tottenham before joining Inter in January 2020 and made 60 appearances in all competitions before the incident, scoring eight goals.
Eriksen is not the first player to have one implanted, with Netherlands international and Ajax’s Daley Blind, whose football career for club and country continued despite having such a device fitted in 2019. Eriksen is now likely to be sold by Inter and a return to former team Ajax or to Tottenham in the summer are already speculated on as his next move to continue with his football career.
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