A GROUP of 51 cross-party MPs and peers have written to the chief executive of the FA following the harrowing scenes involving Christian Eriksen after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

The sporting world stood still on Saturday during the Denmark v Finland game at UEFA Euro 2020 as the footballer received medical attention on the pitch.

The letter to Mark Bullingham, organised by Mary Kelly Foy, MP for the City of Durham, calls for the FA to expand on their ‘Emergency Aid’ course.

They hope to ensure players, coaches and referees from all clubs and county FAs are obliged to take part in learning vital life-saving skills.

They also call on the FA to finance defibrillators for grassroots clubs rather than simply offering discounts on purchases of the life-saving equipment.

Writing in the letter Mary Kelly Foy MP said: “Christian Eriksen’s life was undoubtedly saved by the quick actions of the players, officials, and medical staff in Copenhagen.

“This should be applauded by everyone. These quick actions, especially by Danish captain Simon Kjaer and referee Anthony Taylor, have shown the need for the expansion of the FA’s Emergency Aid course to become compulsory to a delegation of players, coaches, and referees up and down the country.”