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Charlie Edinburgh interview: Watching Christian Eriksen collapse made me think of dad – and Justin’s Law

As he watched Christian Eriksen collapse onto the Copenhagen turf last Saturday, it was impossible for Charlie Edinburgh not to think about his dad.

It was just over two years ago that Justin Edinburgh, the former Tottenham defender and Leyton Orient manager, died after suffering a cardiac arrest and the disturbing scenes involving Eriksen last weekend brought those memories flooding back.

Like millions across the world, Charlie was sat watching Denmark’s game with Finland on television from his sofa, alongside his mum Kerri, when Eriksen collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Doctors rushed onto the pitch, started CPR, and in the end a defibrillator was needed because, in the words of the Danish doctor, Eriksen was “gone”.

“It was horrific to witness,” Edinburgh tells Standard Sport. “It was very, very difficult to watch.

“I was watching it live at the time with my mum on the sofa and it just brought back a lot of bad, dark memories for us from what we’d experienced two years ago.

“I remember saying to my mum: ‘Come on, let’s not watch this’. But you couldn’t help but not watch because you wanted to see the outcome and hoped he was going to be okay.

“We are just so, so grateful, as a family that we’ve seen an image of Christian on his Instagram with his thumbs up and smiling.”

While witnessing Eriksen receive treatment on the pitch was difficult for Edinburgh to watch, it also reaffirmed to him how the work he is doing in his father’s name is more important than ever.

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