× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours World Cup 2018 Basketball Athletics Sports Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Opinion Motorsport Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×
SPORTS

FIFPRO union warns of player exhaustion ahead of Eriksen collapse

FOOTBALL By Reuters | June 13th 2021
June 12, 2021 Denmark's Christian Eriksen is carried off after collapsing during the match Pool via REUTERS

Global players' union FIFPRO warned that player welfare was not being considered when competition calendars are drawn up, hours before Denmark's Christian Eriksen collapsed during his European Championship group opener against Finland.

It was not immediately clear what caused Eriksen to collapse or if it was related to exhaustion. He was later rushed to hospital where his condition was stabilised.

The Euros were postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which delayed the start of the 2020-21 season and forced all European leagues to complete a gruelling season in time for the summer tournament.

"For the last four years... players around the world have told us how the competition calendar does not adequately cater to, or even consider, their needs. Conditions in and around the game leave you mentally and physically exhausted," FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baerr-Hoffman, said in an open letter.

Hoffman said it was time for change and urged players to collectively make their voices heard through their unions.

"In the coming months we will negotiate on your behalf with FIFA and other stakeholders for you to have more say as we push for a fairer and more reasonable schedule, more equitable conditions and greater safeguards and protections on and off the pitch," it added.

June 12, 2021 Denmark's Christian Eriksen is seen down after collapsing during the match as Finland's Robin Lod and Denmark's Simon Kjaer, Martin Braithwaite and teammates react Pool via REUTERS

"For us, the player voice is the most important one in the conversation," they added, saying that players were being left out of decision-making.

A number of top club coaches have been critical of the compressed schedule this season.

In November, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned of injuries piling up in the Premier League from "physical or mental fatigue".

 

Share this story
PHOTOS: Players who have collapsed on the pitch
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed during their Euro 2020 Group B opener against Finland on Saturday.
Belgium beat Russia in comfortable start to Euro 2020
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium confirmed their status as one of the favourites for Euro 2020 with a confident 3-0 victory over Russia on Saturd
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS
Feedback