Christian Eriksen, Danish footballer who collapsed, did not receive the Pfizer vaccine
Instagram posts: Professional footballer Christian Eriksen received the Pfizer vaccine a few days before collapsing during a game.
PolitiFact’s decision: False
Here’s why: Christian Eriksen, a 29-year-old Danish football player, suddenly collapsed on the pitch during a European Championship match on June 12 between the national teams of Denmark and Finland. Tournament organizers and the Danish Football Association later reported that Eriksen had suffered cardiac arrest and was awake and responsive in hospital.
It didn’t take long after Eriksen’s collapse for misinformation about his COVID-19 vaccination status to start circulating online.
An Instagram post shows a screenshot of a tweet which read: “Christian Eriksen, the Danish player who suddenly collapsed on the pitch, plays for Inter Milan. The chief medical officer and cardiologist of this Italian team confirmed on an Italian radio station that Eriksen received the Pfizer vaccine on May 31. “
The tweet, now deleted, came from Luboš Motl, a Czech physicist and blogger who shared false information about COVID-19 and vaccines. Other tweets claimed that the station the chief medical officer spoke to was Radio Sportiva.
The message is not correct. The Inter Milan director said Eriksen had not received any COVID-19 vaccine before his collapse, or contracted the disease in the past. Radio Sportiva denied having made such a report.
The post was reported as part of Facebook’s efforts to tackle fake news and disinformation on its news feed.
Eriksen suddenly collapsed in the 43rd minute of the Group B opener between Denmark and Finland as he ran close to the left sideline after a Denmark touch. His teammates gathered around him before he was carried away on a stretcher. The game was interrupted for over an hour.
A young athlete with cardiac arrest is not common, but neither is it unprecedented.
The rumor about Eriksen came amid reports of a low but higher than expected number of cases of inflammation of the heart – called myocarditis and pericarditis – developing mostly in young people after receiving doses of vaccines. MRNA-based COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on June 10 that it would convene an emergency meeting on June 18 to discuss a possible link between the disease and vaccines. Other health organizations, such as the European Medicines Agency, are also investigating.
But Eriksen’s collapse does not appear to be related.
Motl had to withdraw his tweet after Inter Milan manager Giuseppe Marotta told Italian sports broadcaster Rai Sport that Eriksen had not received a COVID-19 vaccine.
Radio Sportiva, meanwhile, denied that a member of the team’s medical staff said otherwise.
“The information reported in the mentioned tweet is false,” the radio station wrote in a June 13 tweet. We have never reported an opinion from Inter’s medical staff regarding Christian Eriksen’s condition. “
Inter Milan team doctor Piero Volpi told Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport that Eriksen will undergo extensive examinations over the next few days. “But there has never been an episode that even hinted at a problem,” Volpi added.
Sanjay Sharma, Eriksen’s cardiologist while playing for former club Tottenham Hotspur, said some players may have had mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infections, which could have resulted in “scarring” of the heart, but that Eriksen had not had any heart problems before during his time with the Premier League. Eriksen signed with Inter Milan in January 2020.
Social media posts claim Eriksen collapsed in the field following cardiac arrest days after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
The manager of Inter Milan, the Italian professional team for which Eriksen plays, said the footballer had not received any vaccines.
He is currently undergoing tests to determine the cause.
We assess this claim as false.
Instagram post, June 13, 2021
New York Times Dane Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. He is responsive and alert., June 12, 2021
Twitter, tweet from Radio Sportiva, June 13, 2021
Reuters, Inter director says Eriksen did not have COVID and was not vaccinated, June 13, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Myocarditis and Pericarditis After COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination, Updated May 27, 2021
CBS News, CDC plans ’emergency meeting’ on rare heart inflammation following COVID-19 vaccines, June 11, 2021