Ronnie Whelan criticised for his commentary of 10th minute stoppage for Christian Eriksen
Sometimes Ronnie, you say it best when you say nothing at all.
There was a powerful moment in Denmark and Belgium's Euro 2020 Group Stage class, when after ten minutes of play, Belgium kicked the ball out of play as a mark of respect to Christian Eriksen. The Danish playmaker, who wears the number 10 jersey for his country, suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday during their match against Finland and while he recovers in hospital, both sets of players and supporters stopped to pay tribute.
The noise around the Parken stadium was hair-raising, as for a full minute claps were heard around the Copenhagen grounds. Meanwhile, RTÉ commentator Ronnie Whelan was well within his rights to make the point that, sitting in his hospital bed, Christian Eriksen wouldn't have wanted such a fuss made out of the whole thing.
The former Republic of Ireland international was probably spot on with that assertion but it was follow-up comment, when he stated that there's "no real need for it now, let's get on with the football again," that rubbed up some viewers the wrong way.
"I'm sure he'll be saying there's no real need for this, I'm sure he's that sort of a fella.
"I'm sure he's happy...but there's no real need for it now. Everything's alright, he's okay, let's get on with the football again."
Sometimes you say it best when you say nothing at all Ronniepic.twitter.com/GPLzn0Sivm
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOEdotie) June 17, 2021
It's hard to know whether Whelan was speaking from Eriksen's perspective the whole way through but at the best commentators often say, sometimes you just let the moment speak for itself.
This appeared to be one of those moments.