Pay dispute hits Danish national soccer team

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

Denmark have named a second-string squad including futsal players for this week's matches against Slovakia and Wales after contract negotiations with first-team regulars ended in deadlock.

The disagreement between the national soccer body and the Danish Football Players' Association (DFPA) concerns players entering individual sponsorships with organisations that compete with national team sponsors, while there is also a problem surrounding the travelling conditions of the players.

An entirely new squad was required, with Åge Hareide and his players released from worldwide duty after a complete breakdown in negotiations over a new appearance agreement for global players.

Denmark may now have to turn to amateur or futsal players, a number of which have been called up to the preliminary 23-man squad, if no agreement is reached due to the fear of facing a hefty fine and being banned from Euro 2020.

Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and Uefa fined the DBU £18,000 (Dh85,000). We are right here and want to play football for Denmark - as always.

"On behalf of the DBU and Danish football, I am pleased John Jensen has taken on the hard task of being coach for both matches".

A contract dispute with the Danish national women's team led to the boycotting of a World Cup qualifier against Sweden past year, leaving the DBU with a US$23,100 fine and a final warning from Uefa over the cancellation of matches - forcing the association's hand.

She could not say if the association had been successful in attracting lower-tier players to play in the team's matches this month.

Manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson are said to be "working from home" and will not be in charge for the game in Trnava.

Denmark risks being ruled out of the UEFA if it cancels another match.

With talks over new contracts within the national team set-up stalling because of commercial and branding reasons, Denmark's squad, which includes household names like Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, have threatened to not play their friendly fixture.

"We are here because we love playing for Denmark, and we are proud of the many millions we earn for the youth and breadth of Danish football, including by taking part in the DBU's events and for their sponsors".

"So we're happy to stretch our hand again, even though DBU put it away in the first try", the 26-year-old said in a statement on Danish Player Association's website.

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