‘Cut to the studio FFS!’: BBC pundit Ian Wright slams the channel’s coverage of the horrific scenes in Denmark as broadcaster continues to show footage of Christian Eriksen getting urgent treatment from medics after collapsing
- The BBC has been heavily criticised for coverage of Christian Eriksen collapsing
- The broadcaster failed to cut away from the pitch despite the distressing scene
- Ian Wright and Jermaine Beckford were among those to urge switch to studio
- Gary Lineker tweeted that host pictures were out of the BBC’s control
- Denmark confirmed in a statement Eriksen is awake and currently in hospital
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
The BBC has faced widespread criticism for not cutting away sooner after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
While Eriksen’s Denmark team-mates formed a ring around the player as he appeared to be receiving CPR, the BBC continued to broadcast the distressing scene while also showing the player’s wife on the sidelines.
In a statement, Denmark confirmed that Eriksen is conscious and undergoing tests at hospital. ‘Christian Eriksen is AWAKE and is undergoing further examinations at Rigshospitalet.’
Fans on social media have slammed the BBC for their coverage of Christian Eriksen’s collapse
Many questioned why the BBC failed to cut back to the studio sooner than they eventually did
Ian Wright was among those to voice their shock that the broadcaster continued with the footage at the stadium for so long before it was eventually decided to return to the studio.
He tweeted: ‘CUT TO THE STUDIO FFS!!!!’
Jermaine Beckford added: ‘This needs to cut to the studio now!’
‘Christian Eriksen This is not good for the viewing public just go back to the studio just think of who is watching come on BBC,’ tweeted Frank Bruno.
Stephen Humphrys, a forward for League One side Rochdale, also hailed the unity of the Danish players and their immediate reaction.
‘Danish players guarding their teammate from the cameras is one of the best symbols of unity I’ve ever seen,’ Humphrys posted.
‘Huge respect. On the other hand, they shouldn’t have had to do it but unfortunately the media have no boundaries these days.
Spencer Owen was also critical of the decision to show Eriksen’s girlfriend as part of the coverage.
He tweeted: ‘It must have been very difficult to know what to do from a broadcasting perspective as the Eriksen situation developed, but I can’t get my head around the fact that a director must have said “right now cut to his wife.”
‘There’s no other way that shot happens surely? Sickening.’
Gary Lineker took to social media to address the criticism, and revealed he too was uncomfortable with some of the footage that was shown.
However, he tweeted that the BBC had no control over the host pictures, and agreed that any coverage of the stadium should have been a wide shot to avoid the most distressing scene.
‘We will be back on air at 7.25. I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too),’ Lineker posted.
‘Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies.’
UEFA confirmed the match will be restarted at 19:30 BST after both sets of players requested to do so.
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