UEFA threatened Denmark with a 3-0 loss if they failed to complete their match with Finland, Peter Schmeichel claims.
Their match was stopped just before half-time when Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch.
Team medics revealed he was ‘gone’ and required CPR before being taken to hospital, where it was confirmed he was awake and stable following his cardiac arrest .
He has now spoken his first words and revealed he just wants to know why he collapsed.
The Group B match was suspended but the teams returned to the pitch at 7.30pm to play out the remainder as Finland won 1-0.
Uefa said it was under Eriksen’s request they finished it off .
But former Danish goalkeeper Schmeichel , whose son Kasper was in goal on Saturday, claimed his nation would have forfeited the match if they didn’t complete it either on Saturday night or Sunday.
“They said the players insisted on playing. I know that not to be the truth. Or that’s how you see the truth. He told GMB
“They were left with three options. One was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played.
“The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes.
“And the third option was to forfeit the game and lose 3-0.
“So, you know, work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had.
“And as you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch.”