BBC and Gary Lineker apologise for Christian Eriksen broadcast

Gary Lineker and the BBC have apologized following complaints that the station continued to broadcast when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen was treated on the pitch.

The footballer broke face first in the grass when the ball hit his knee on a throw-in during his country’s European Championship match in Copenhagen.

Some, including politicians, have criticized the broadcasters for not stopping coverage of the pitch earlier after Eriksen collapsed.

The BBC said the stadium coverage was controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster.

Moderator Lineker also tweeted an apology.

The SNP MP Gavin Newlands tweeted: “Devastating scenes in Copenhagen. I am sure we all send our best wishes to Christian and his family. We have to hold on to hope.

“(UEFA), the host broadcaster and the BBC should take a look for themselves. As soon as it was clear what had happened, the camera should have cut away. “

The BBC’s statement said: “We apologize to anyone who has been 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 soon as possible. “

Gary Lineker said on his Twitter page, “I understand that some of you would have been upset about some of the pictures shown (we were too). Obviously these were the host’s pictures and beyond our control the stadium. Sorry.”

Uefa said Eriksen has been hospitalized and stabilized and the game between Denmark and Finland will resume at 7.30pm on Saturday.

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