The 2021 FIFA Fair Play award nominees have been announced. They include former Celtic man Scott Brown and the Denmark football team.
Denmark has been nominated for their handling of the Christian Eriksen incident during Euro 2020. The Danes were quick off the mark in responding to Eriksen's cardiac arrest.
Captain Simon Kjaer was hailed for his vital role in providing CPR to his teammate. The Denmark team formed a circle around Eriksen to shield him from the cameras.
Eriksen, 29, has made a remarkable recovery from the heart attack he suffered during the summer but has not been permitted to play for his club Inter Milan this season.
The life-saving intervention of Denmark's players & medical staff after Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest at Euro2020 has been nominated for FIFA's Fair Play Award.
His team-mates formed a shield around him after he collapsed while playing for Denmark against Finland on June 12 pic.twitter.com/YmNiXg6MLx
— Lovefootball.ng (@lovefootballng) November 23, 2021
Scott Brown has received a nod for his showing of support to Old Firm rival Glen Kamara in the wake of the racial abuse he received from Slavia Prague's Ondrej Kudela.
The former Celtic captain approached Kamara before the Glasgow derby in a show of solidarity. He crossed into the opposition's half during the warm-up to make the gesture.
It was a heartwarming moment given the fierce rivalry between the sides. Kudela suffered a ten-game ban from UEFA for his conduct.
Scott Brown walked into the Rangers half and headed straight for Glen Kamara after the Rangers midfielder suffered alleged racist abuse on Thursday in the Europa League.
Rivalries aside, this is class. ❤️💚💙 pic.twitter.com/ChTdNH7yiT
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) March 21, 2021
Another nominee for the award is Watford manager Claudio Ranieri. He ushered in a guard of honour for Inter Milan after they won the Serie A title.
Ranieri, who was in charge of Sampdoria at the time, is recognised for his efforts of fair play in having his side show support to the league winners.
FIFA's Fair Play award has been going since 1987. The inaugural winner was Dundee United's fanbase for showing sportsmanship to IFK Göteborg after winning the UEFA Cup.
In 2019, Marco Bielsa and Leeds United won the award for famously allowing Aston Villa to score after Leeds had capitalised on a break due to an injured Villa player.
Back in 1997 - Irish supporters were joint winners of the Fair Play award for their 'exemplary behaviour' - especially in a World Cup qualifier against Belgium.
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