When it was introduced the match can be restarted, UEFA mentioned in an announcement the choice was made “following the request made by players of both teams,” however Braithwaite says that the gamers weren’t ready to play the match.
“We had two choices from UEFA, to go out and play the match immediately or play the next day at noon,” he mentioned throughout a press convention on Monday. “None of these selections had been good. We took the lesser of two evils to complete the match. Many of the gamers weren’t in a situation to play this match. We had been in a special area.
“It was not our want. Those had been the one choices we had. We had two choices and in that state of affairs had been advised we needed to decide. That is all I can say on that.
“Had we wished there was a third option because you don’t want to go and play football in that way, but UEFA says we had two options — play immediately or the following day at noon. Those were the options we had.”
“UEFA is sure it treated the matter with utmost respect for the sensitive situation and for the players,” the governing physique advised CNN in an announcement. “It was determined to restart the match solely after the 2 groups requested to complete the sport on the identical night.
“The gamers’ want for 48 hours’ relaxation between matches eradicated different choices.”
On Sunday, Denmark’s group physician mentioned Eriksen “was gone” earlier than being resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who helped consolation Eriksen’s accomplice in conjunction with the pitch, described the incident as a “violent expertise” for him and his teammates.
“The hardest half was the considered what may occur,” he said on Monday. “The consequence that might be. His spouse and kids and his household had been to take a seat and watch it. That was positively the toughest half.
“For me, the only heroes there are the doctors who saved him,” Schmeichel added when requested in regards to the gamers being portrayed as heroes. “We are skilled soccer gamers and dedicate our lives to taking part in soccer, however these folks dedicate their lives to saving lives.
“Being in a position to do it underneath regular circumstances is a miracle. But to have the ability to do it underneath the circumstances that they had been in right here … I can not describe how a lot admiration I’ve for them.
“It is a violent experience to have to see a friend and teammate lying and fighting. It is clear that you are very moved by this, but he is here today and I’m very, very grateful for that. I am grateful for the doctors we have. Our doctors, physiotherapists and the paramedics who ran on the field and helped him … it’s a miracle that they did what they did.”