Watch: Denmark and Belgium players halt Euro 2020 match to honour Christian Eriksen
Watch: Denmark and Belgium players halt Euro 2020 match to honour Christian Eriksen
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Denmark and Belgium players halted their European Championship match on Friday for a stadium-wide minute’s applause for Christian Eriksen.

Play was stopped after the clock hit 10 minutes to start the tribute. It was a pre-planned action to honor Eriksen. The midfielder wears the No. 10 shirt for Denmark’s national team.

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Eriksen is recovering in a nearby hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s first game against Finland at Euro 2020. The hospital is close enough to Parken Stadium that Eriksen was expected to hear the tribute from his room.

Meanwhile, Eriksen will have a heart starter device (ICD) implanted, the team's doctor has confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

"After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter)," Morten Boesen said in an official statement released by DBU.

Boesen continued: "This device is necessary after the cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.

"Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment. We encourage everybody to give Christian and his family peace and privacy the following time," he added.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder earlier had said of his recovery, "I'm fine -- under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay."

(With AP and ANI inputs)

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