Anthony Taylor insists he acted in the same way any referee would have when Christian Eriksen entered cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
The Denmark international collapsed during the group match game against Finland on the opening weekend of the tournament.
Taylor’s swift course of action allowed Eriksen to receive CPR on the pitch immediately in Copenhagen, administered first by captain Simon Kjaer and then by professionals.
The 42-year-old received widespread praise for his swift actions, yet Taylor insists the heroes are Kjaer and the medics who responded so swiftly.
“As a referee at an international tournament, your ultimate responsibility is to look after the safety of the players,” Taylor said at his local club Altrincham, one of more than 2,000 recipients of the Premier League’s Defibrillator Fund.
“On that particular situation involving Christian, I was fortunate that I was pretty close and I was looking at him.
“I could see his face, I could see he was in distress, I could see how he just didn’t fall as you would expect if you were falling to the floor normally.
“And it just means in your head that you know what you need to do, you need to react quickly.
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“But if you put any of the 19 referees in the tournament in the same position as me, most would react in exactly the same way.
“The real people who deserve credit are Simon Kjaer, the captain of Denmark, and the medics who provided the treatment on the field.
“Of course, it is important that I reacted quickly, because that speed can help somebody’s chances of surviving. It is nice to be praised, but that’s really what my job is in that situation.”