Christian Eriksen’s breakdown in coverage of the BBC triggers over 6,000 complaints

BBC coverage of Christian Eriksen after his collapse has sparked more than 6,000 complaints.

29-year-old Danish soccer player Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s game against Finland at Euro 2020 earlier this month.

Before he was hospitalized, he was given medical attention on the square and was later confirmed to be in cardiac arrest.

However, the BBC came under fire after cameras kept cutting back on the player on the ground.


Eriksen collapsed during a game earlier this month (Image: Photo by Martin Meissner / POOL / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock)

BBC hit by complaints about Christian Eriksen’s collapse

The station received 6,417 complaints from viewers.

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At the time of Eriksen’s breakdown, the BBC apologized for the coverage.

A statement said: “Everyone at the BBC is hoping Christian Eriksen will make a full recovery.

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The BBC apologized for their coverage (Credit: BBC)

What did the BBC say?

“We apologize to everyone who was upset about the images broadcast.

“The stadium coverage is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the game was interrupted we got our coverage off the air as quickly as possible.”

But the Uefa [the Union of European Football Associations] said at the time: “With regard to the TV images, we would like to say that all TV channels had the opportunity to downsize their studios – there have been many who have done so.

“It is your editorial decision whether or not to stay on live images.”

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BBC received complaints about its coverage (Credit: Photo by Wolfgang Rattay / POOL / EPA-EFE / Shutterstock)

How is Christian Eriksen?

Meanwhile, Eriksen was released from the hospital on Friday (June 18).

He underwent a “successful” operation to attach a cardiac starter device.

In a statement, the footballer said: “Thanks for the many greetings. It was amazing to see and feel.

“The operation went well and, given the circumstances, I am fine.

“It was really great to see the guys again after the fantastic game last night.

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“No reason to say that I’ll be cheering them on against Russia on Monday.”

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