The match was put on hold following prolonged efforts by medical staff to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator. Players from both teams were visibly upset as he was treated by medics.
When it was announced that the game would resume, UEFA said in a statement that the decision had been taken “following the request made by players of both teams”, but Braithwaite said the players did not weren’t ready to play the game.
“We had two choices from UEFA, go out and play the game immediately or play the next day at noon,” he told a press conference on Monday. “None of these choices were good. We took the lesser of two evils to end the game. A lot of players weren’t fit to play this game. We were in a different space.
“It was not our wish. These were the only options we had. We had two options and in this situation we were told we had to make a decision. That’s all I can say about it.
UEFA was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.
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On Sunday, the Danish team doctor said Eriksen “was gone” before being resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who helped comfort Eriksen’s partner on the side of the pitch, described the incident as a “violent experience” for him and his teammates.
“The hardest part was thinking about what might happen,” he said on Monday. “The consequence that could have. His wife, children and family had to sit and watch him. It was certainly the hardest part.
“For me, the only heroes there are the medics who saved him,” added Schmeichel when asked if the players were portrayed as heroes. “We are professional football players and dedicate our lives to playing football, but these people dedicate their lives to saving lives.
“Being able to do this under normal circumstances is a miracle. But being able to do it under the circumstances that they were here… I can’t describe how much I admire them.
“It’s a violent experience having to see a friend and a teammate lie and fight. Clearly you are very moved by this, but he is here today and I am very, very grateful for it. I am grateful for the doctors we have. Our doctors, physiotherapists and paramedics who ran into the field and helped him… it’s a miracle they did what they did. ”