Boy, 17, arrested after football team’s defibrillator smashed up hours after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest horror

A TEENAGER has been arrested after vandals were caught smashing up a football team's defibrillator hours after Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest.

The destruction sparked outrage after footage was shared of the life-saving equipment being destroyed.

Buxted FC in Uckfield, East Sussex, tweeted out the CCTV in an appeal to identify the vandals.

Police have now confirmed a 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

Buxted FC has now thanked everyone who shared the footage of the £2,000 equipment being destroyed.

They said: "We can’t thank you enough for the retweets, comments and likes.

“The reaction has been incredible.”

Club committee volunteer Mick Gosden earlier told The Mirror: "I really can't believe how low some people will sink.

"It's just so appalling. With the events of what happened yesterday afternoon with the professional footballer, it's so disappointing."


Twitter users were also horrified at the footage, with one person saying: "Watched this absolutely stunned. How could anybody think this is in any way acceptable. It's unbelievable.

"Really think these people need to be caught and to make good what they have destroyed. I only hope it's not needed before it can be replaced."

Another said: "On the same night many of the world watched a footballer’s life literally saved by one of these machines, these two decide to destroy a defib."

More chimed in: "Would love to know why they did this. Can't think of a single reason why you would go out and vandalise something like that."

Another user agreed: "Absolutely disgusting; I'm seething at the way they gobbed into it at the end. Hope you catch them and so sorry this happened to your vital defib."

It came as former Spurs midfielder, Christian Eriksen "was gone" after he suddenly collapsed during Denmark's Euro match against Finland on Saturday.

Medical staff raced onto the pitch to give emergency treatment to the Inter Milan ace but he was saved thanks to a defibrillator.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said: "We don't have an explanation for what happened.

"I didn't see it live, I saw it on the screen after it happened.

"It was a cardiac arrest. He was gone and we did cardiac resuscitation.

"How close were we? I don't know. We got him back after 1 defib. That's quite fast. The details, I'm not a cardiologist, so I will leave to the experts."

Boesen added: "When I got to him he was on his side, he was breathing, I could feel a pulse, but suddenly that changed and we started to give him CPR.

"The help came really fast from the medical team and the rest of the staff with their co-operation, and we did what we had to do and managed to get Christian back."

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