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TV director defends himself after criticism over Eriksen footage

"We showed the sadness and the despair of the people, the players, the staff and the spectators," Jean-Jacques Amsellem told French paper L'Equipe.
23 May 2021, Italy, Milan: Inter Milan's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Udinese at the San Siro stadium. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/LaPresse via ZUMA Press/dpa
Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring with his club, Inter Milan, at the San Siro stadium. Photo: Piero Cruciatti/LaPresse/dpa/File photo.

The director of the Euro 2020 international television broadcast of the match between Denmark and Finland has defended himself against criticism of allegedly inappropriate footage following the collapse of Denmark's Christian Eriksen.

"We showed the sadness and the despair of the people, the players, the staff and the spectators," Jean-Jacques Amsellem told French paper L'Equipe late on Saturday. "We also felt the unity in this moment of greatest concern. That had to be conveyed."

Eriksen went to ground, free of contact from any opponent, in the 43rd minute of Saturday's match and received emergency treatment on the pitch. He was then transferred to the hospital, where he's in stable condition.

Amsellem had been in constant contact with UEFA.

"We were told not to show a close-up of him and also not to show the cardiac massage," he said. "There is a slow motion of the scene where you could have really seen very clearly how he falls. But I immediately told my team not to stop on him."

"With more than 30 cameras in the stadium, we could have shown him up close, but we didn't do that at any point," the director said.

'I cannot criticize UEFA's direction'

Broadcasters such as ZDF in Germany and BBC in Britain had been sharply criticized for showing the official TV footage from Copenhagen for several minutes.

ZDF sports director Thomas Fuhrmann told that the incident had been handled "responsibly."

"I cannot criticize UEFA's international direction either. When the extent of the serious injury became apparent, there were no close-ups or other inappropriate images," Fuhrmann told dpa.

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