Schmeichel, father of Leicester and Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, said Good Morning Britain d’ITV that he didn’t think the players had a choice.
When asked if it was the players’ decision to return to play after Eriksen was taken to hospital, Schmeichel said: “Well, it’s an interesting debate.
“In fact, I saw an official quote from UEFA yesterday saying they were following the player’s advice, the players insisted on playing – I know that is not the truth.
“Or, that’s how you see the truth. They had three options left, one was to play immediately and play the last 50 minutes.
“The next one was supposed to arrive yesterday [Sunday] at noon and complete the 50 minutes and the third option was to forfeit, 3-0.
“So, figure it out for yourself. Is it the desire of the players to play? Did they really have a choice? I don’t think they got it.
“As you can hear from yesterday’s press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch. “
Inter Milan and former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen collapsed in the first half of Denmark’s opener on Saturday and received treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
Danish team doctor Morten Boesen later confirmed that Eriksen was stable after suffering cardiac arrest and that “he was gone” before being resuscitated.
Eriksen’s teammates have formed a shield around him as he was treated on the pitch and Peter Schmeichel is worried about the effect the incident has had on Danish players.
He added: “It’s very difficult to say exactly what the long term impact (for the players) will be of this experience, which I know speaking to Kasper about was very traumatic for everyone.
“It’s a very dramatic scene when someone has to be defibrillated and brought back to life by shock. “
Kasper Schmeichel: UEFA restart request was in ‘the heat of the moment’
Kasper Schmeichel also criticized UEFA, saying any restart decision should not have been rushed and taken immediately after the incident.
“I think a decision about the game probably shouldn’t have been made in the heat of the moment.
“I think it probably would have been a wise decision to maybe change the rules or regulations under extraordinary circumstances and maybe catch your breath and then meet again the next day and make a decision on how to move forward. “
Doctor and coach: the game shouldn’t have been played
Team doctor Boesen also revealed that the Danish players and staff were visited by a psychologist on Saturday evening and in hindsight the game should not have resumed.
“I don’t think the right decision was to play the game,” Boesen said.
“We had psychological help at the hotel last night. Everyone expressed their feelings and their perception of the situation, and everyone was delighted that we did this and talked about it.
“We really appreciated the professional help we received from outside. “
Hjulmand agreed the game shouldn’t have been over after the incident, and said the team will try to use what happened as motivation for their next game against Belgium on Thursday.
“No, we shouldn’t have played,” he said. “Tomorrow we will try to establish normality as much as possible. Players have different reactions to shock and trauma, but we’ll try to get back to normal as much as possible.
“I have a feeling from the players that maybe the time is too short to try to play football again, but maybe we can use it as a force to come together and try to do our best in the next one.” match. “
PFA: Danish team gave Eriksen the dignity he deserved
The PFA (Association of Professional Footballers) sent their best wishes to Eriksen and his family following Saturday’s events.
One statement read: “First of all, our hearts go out to Christian Eriksen, his partner and their family. We are so encouraged by the news of Christian’s stable condition and send him our best wishes for a full recovery.
“Our gratitude goes to the referee, Anthony Taylor, and the medical team for their swift action in setting up an emergency protocol under extreme pressure, which ultimately saved Christian’s life.
“Our thoughts are also with the players of both teams, especially Denmark. The captain, Simon Kjaer and Kasper Schmeichel played a central role in rushing to Eriksen’s aid, helping the medics and coordinating the players, who did all they could despite their own distress.
“In their actions, the Danish team have given their teammate the dignity they deserve, and their display of such calm leadership commands our ultimate respect.
“The trauma that the players will have experienced has been at the center of our concerns since Saturday. Any Danish or Finnish player who is a current or former PFA member has the right to access our welfare services, and we will be in contact with the players this week to offer our full support.
“The term ‘football family’ is sometimes used loosely, but Saturday, united in our hope for Christian, is what we all were. “
Sky Sports News has contacted UEFA for comment.