FORMER England striker Ian Wright blasted the BBC for airing horror scenes of Danish ace Christian Eriksen struggling for life, tweeting: “CUT TO THE STUDIO FFS!!!!”
The pundit, 57, hit out as viewers were shown images of Eriksen receiving CPR and his tearful partner Sabrina Kvist Jensen running to the pitch.
Viewers also posted complaints on Twitter, claiming the BBC had breached Ofcom rules by showing suffering and distress.
The BBC apologised to fans for broadcasting footage of Danish footballer Eriksen after he collapsed on the pitch.
Presenter Gary Lineker, 60, echoed the apology after shocked viewers watched awful scenes of the midfielder, 29, receiving CPR and his girlfriend Sabrina Kvist Jensen running onto the pitch to be by his side.
A BBC spokesman said: “Everyone at the BBC is hoping Christian Erikson makes a full recovery. We apologise to anyone who was upset by the images broadcast.
“In stadium coverage is controlled by UEFA as the host broadcaster, and as soon as the match was suspended, we took our coverage off air as quickly as possible.”
Host Gary, who has been fronting the BBC’s coverage of the Euros, tweeted: “We will be back on air at 7.25 on @bbcone. I understand some of you would have been upset with some of the images shown (we were too).
“Obviously these were the host pictures and out of our control. They should have stayed on a wide of the stadium. Apologies.”
One viewer described the move as “unacceptable” while another said the BBC had “traumatised an entire nation”.
Another tweeted: “I’m not sure why they didn’t stop the cameras & go straight to the studio as soon as they saw he was getting CPR.
“I feel physically sick having watched this in real time. God I hope he’ll pull through. Only 29.”
While one commented: “BBC need to think harder about privacy issues and react better when something this horrendous happens live on TV.
“Unacceptable to broadcast wife crying and a man receiving CPR.”
The shocking scenes happened towards the end of the first half of the match.
Upset fans in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium looked on in horror as medics tended to the former Inter Milan ace.
His distraught teammates formed a circle around him, with some in tears.