a few things takeaways from yesterday:
*I didn't watch the match and out of respect for Eriksen, his family & the danish nt I've decided not to watch any videos so note that this is based off friends' accounts of what happened
firstly, major reforms for the footballing calendar are needed. the problem of doing everything just for more tv revenue has been festering for ages now, being driven by the capitalistic nature of modern football. more competitions are being created with zero regard for player and staff welfare, and also fans' provisions just because bodies want to rake in the revenue — it's driven by greed. it is incredibly unfortunate that the result of the overcreation of competitions that has been overworking the players has to be such a shocking and traumatising incident, but this is a wake up call to all governing bodies in football to push for more regard for player welfare and to actually listen to players and staff in seeing what is best for them. it may sadly sound futile to say this, because they have gone too far into the pit of greed, but governing bodies need to understand that the heart and soul of football lies in two places: teams and fans, so they must ensure that they uphold their duty to these groups. and furthermore, as the game primarily relies on teams, it is crucial that player welfare, player feedback and player rest is always taken into account. governing bodies must agree and come together to create policies and multipartisan agreements that ensure that players and staff are the most important and most well-taken care of stakeholders in football.
secondly, on the same tangent of player welfare it is important to keep developing and improving healthcare for the players. this is in terms of all aspects of health - physical, mental, and emotional. it was definitely due to advancements in medical technology and the professionalism and skill of the response team that Eriksen survived, and they have to be highly commended. therefore it's important to keep on ensuring that medical teams operate at this high standard, but also ensure that players on the pitch know what do when faced with such an emergency, such as what Eriksen's teammates did as immediate response - teach players basic emergency response techniques, especially CPR and checking for symptoms of cardiac arrest, choking etc. mental health professionals of a similar quality level should also be engaged to work with teams and players. it's very difficult to be a football player with pressure from essentially all areas of life, and they need as much help as they can - all teams should, if they can, employ a mental health professional to be there for players if they need them. after traumatic incidents like what happened last night, players should also definitely be given counselling and be monitored as the impact of the event on them may not be so tangible at first but may manifest later. so far we see that clubs have been putting in efforts for this, and it's good and has to continue.
thirdly, the rights of broadcasting companies regarding respect of teams and players and the welfare of the fans. no player should have to fight for their life on global television. no team should have to form a human shield for privacy. it has to be the duty of the broadcasting company to ensure utmost respect for the parties and take the initiative to cut to alternative programmes rather than showing what is live on the pitch. it's understandable where their intentions of showing everything are coming from, as they want to give fans all the 'action', but it's more important to remember that players, staff and their families are people who have to have privacy. recognise that the attitude of broadcasting companies comes from the shifting perspectives of modern day society that everything has to be shared online and shown for the world to see, because of the nature of social media and the problem of oversharing. furthermore the impact of broadcasting such content on the fans must be considered - some fans may be able to stomach such content but for many others, it is incredibly triggering and difficult for them to watch. hence laws must definitely be put in place, stating what exactly broadcasters are allowed to cover, and although their duty is to bring fans close to the action on the pitch there must be a line drawn to ensure firstly the privacy of teams and those close to them, and secondly the welfare of the fans.