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Christian Eriksen Barred From Playing in Serie A Until He Removes ICD Heart-Starter

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Christian Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy while he has a defibrillator in his chest
Christian Eriksen will not be allowed to play in Italy while he has a defibrillator in his chest / Marco Canoniero/Getty Images
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The Italian Football Association have announced that Christian Eriksen will not be allowed to play for Inter unless he has his defibrillator removed.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Denmark's Euro 2020 opener with Finland, and required urgent CPR treatment on the field from pitch-side medics. He was then taken to the hospital where he was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to regulate any further disturbances in his heartbeat.

The director of the FIGC, the Italian FA's technical-scientific committee, Franco Braconaro, has revealed that the 29-year-old must have the defibrillator removed before being able to play for Inter again. Italy bans players at both amateur and professional levels from competing if they have any significant heart abnormalities.

Braconaro told Radio Kiss Kiss: "Christian Eriksen cannot be given the all-clear to play in Italy. If the player has the defibrillator removed, therefore confirming the pathology can be resolved, then he can return to play for Inter."

After Eriksen's release from the hospital, Danish team doctor Morten Boesen said: "This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances. Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment."

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