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FC Copenhagen reveals European league talks

FC Copenhagen director Anders Hørsholt on Thursday told a Danish tabloid that the club was in talks with major teams from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland over forming a new multinational league.

FC Copenhagen reveals European league talks
FCK director Anders Hørsholt revealed that he is in talks with other clubs about a new league. Photo: Nikolai Linares/Scanpix
“If we don't act now we will see the biggest clubs grow larger and stronger while it will be increasingly difficult for clubs like us,” he told daily BT.
 
Hørsholt said he was “actively participating” in talks on “alternative international opportunities”, but added that it was “still too early to talk about concrete models.”
 
The new project could eventually lead to the clubs involved having to leaved their national leagues, he said.
 
In addition to Denmark, clubs from the Netherlands (Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord), Belgium (Anderlecht, Club Brugge), Scotland (Celtic, Rangers), Sweden (Malmo FF) and Norway (Rosenborg) were involved in the talks, according to BT.
 
Denmark's Brøndby said it was not taking part in the talks but that it had received some information about them and that it was “not surprised that alternatives are being discussed.”
 
Malmø FF sporting director Daniel Andersson told the Malmo24 website that he did not want to comment on the report, but added that “there are many projects afoot. … You don't know what the future looks like.”
 
Changes to the format of the Champions League are a “scandal” and could spark a revolt among small and mid-size leagues, the head of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) said on September 22nd.
 
“Why is UEFA capitulating to the big clubs? It's a scandal,” Lars-Christer Olsson, a Swede who heads the association of 25 European leagues, told the Swedish football league website.
 
UEFA said in August that England, Spain, Italy and Germany would each be guaranteed four berths for their clubs in the tournament between 2018 and 2021.

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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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