Belgium Forward Romelu Lukaku spoke to reporters on Wednesday and informed them on the players’ intention to kick the ball out of touch in the tenth minute of Thursday’s UEFA Euro 2020 Championship match against Denmark. Intended as a tribute to Danish midfielder maestro, Christian Eriksen, Lukaku’s teammate at Serie A club Milan, who suffered a cardiac arrest during Saturday’s contest against Finland with his heart having stopped.
We will kick the ball out for a throw-in to stop and applaud and mark this moment.Romelu Lukaku via ESPN
The No. 10 for Denmark remains hospitalised, but has since shared that he is in a stable condition and under intensive care. Supporters at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium are expected to join the players and staff, managers, from both nations in a round of applause.
Kasper Hjulmand, the Denmark manager also mentioned that he believes Eriksen will watch the match from somewhere closer than expected.
It’s really crazy, the hospital is right next to Parken, and when he looks out of the window he can see Parken and probably he can hear everything from Parken… I think he’ll be in his shirt and watch the game.Kasper Hjulmand
Lukaku scored the opener in Belgium’s 3-0 thrashing of Russia on Saturday and sprinted toward a camera lens to immediately send a message to his friend and teammate.
“Chris, I love you,” he echoed during the celebration.
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