‘What a coincidence’ – Christian Eriksen is refereed by Anthony Taylor, who helped save his life after the Euro collapsed

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN and Anthony Taylor will meet today for the first time since the England referee helped save his life at Euro 2020.

The 43-year-old was in charge of Denmark’s Euro opener against Finland last June as a former Tottenham man Eriksen collapsed due to cardiac arrest.

Eriksen collapsed against Finland in Denmark's Euro 2020 opener


Eriksen collapsed against Finland in Denmark’s Euro 2020 openerCredit: REX FEATURES
Taylor (right) helped alert medical staff


Taylor (right) helped alert medical staffCredit: AP

It took Taylor just seconds to react to the shock incident and immediately called the medical team, who brought the midfielder back to life after he had “died” for five minutes.

In a stroke of fate eriksen could make his first start for Brentford at Norwich on Saturday, with Taylor as the man in the middle.

bees Boss Thomas Frank said: “I mentioned it to Christian. I said, “Do you know who the referee is?”

“He didn’t know and then he said, ‘Ah, is it Anthony? How funny, what a coincidence’.

“There was going to be a time when Anthony Christian would have officiated in the future anyway.

“To be honest I don’t remember Anthony anymore (from the Euro game) because of course I was focused on Christian.

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“But he reacted quickly and I think that was important.”

Brentford are on their worst run since Frank took charge in 2018 with seven losses in eight games that send them into danger.

When asked if Eriksen will be called up in the starting XI to reinforce the Bees, Frank replied: “You’ll find out. Of course I’m interested in getting him on the pitch as often as possible.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t that fairy tale story that he came on the pitch and we won the game against Newcastle, that would have been fantastic.

“But he was happy that he finally played football again, but just as irritated that we didn’t get a result.”

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