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FC Copenhagen: We can’t come to Ukraine

The football club is supposed to face off against FC Dnipro next week but has told Uefa that it has no way to get to the match.

FC Copenhagen: We can't come to Ukraine
FCKs Andreas Cornelius (right) and the rest of his club can't get to Ukraine. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
FC Copenhagen (FCK) is trying to fight its way into the Champions League playoffs, but security concerns in Ukraine have left the club in limbo.
 
FCK is supposed to play Ukrainian side FC Dnipro on July 29th in Dnipropetrovsk, a town just some 300 kilometres from where a Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down last week, killing all 298 on board. 
 
FCK has requested that governing body Uefa move the match to a neutral location, saying that it simply cannot make the trip to Ukraine. 
 
“We have provided documentation to Uefa that emphasises that none of the charter companies that operate in Scandinavia will fly us there. Likewise, there are no commercial carriers flying from Scandinavia to that city,” FCK spokesman Daniel Rommedahl told BT. “So regardless of how safe Uefa says it is, it is simply not possible to get down there.”
 
The Danish Football Association supports FCK’s request to have the match moved.
 
"We support FC Copenhagen 100 percent in this case and there is no doubt that the DBU is very concerned that UEFA would send a Danish club team to a country, and a region, where very few airlines will even fly to," DBU president Jesper Møller said in a statement on Monday.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.

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Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”

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