Virtual crowd awaits restart of Danish football league

Danish top-flight club Aarhus have devised a novel way to allow supporters to root for their team from inside the ground when the season restarts later this month by offering virtual tickets.

Virtual crowd awaits restart of Danish football league
Aarhus AGF player Casper Højer Nielsen (on the right) playing Silkeborg last year. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix
Aarhus have teamed up with the popular videoconferencing platform Zoom to set up several groups calls that will see fans appear on a number of giant screens around the stadium.
“Since Friday, more than 4,000 people have reserved tickets,” Aarhus spokesperson Soren Hojlund Carlsen said on Monday.
“We want to involve the supporters and give them a community experience,” he told AFP.
Fans will be able to follow the match from their stand of choice, to be selected when making the reservation. The tickets are free of charge.   
Aarhus, third in the table, are scheduled to play Randers on May 28 in the first game since the Danish league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic in early March.
League leaders Midtjylland have already invited fans to watch the matches on big screens in their stadium car park.

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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.


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.”