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Nations League: Denmark set to field 'futsal' players against Wales due to dispute

Nations League: Denmark set to field 'futsal' players against Wales due to dispute

Denmark reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia before losing to Croatia on penalties
bbc.comDenmark are set to pick a side mainly of futsal players against Wales for the Nations League game on 9 September.Senior Danish players have refused to sign a new national team agreement with the Danish Football Association (DBU) in a dispute over commercial rights.The DBU had hoped to select Danish lower league players for a friendly with Slovakia and then against Wales.
But Danish Superliga and First Division clubs have not made players available, sparking the call to futsal players.Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reports[/i] that Denmark's team this week will consist of several futsal players, a variant of football played on a hard court and similar to five-a-side but played with a smaller and harder ball.But there will seemingly be at least two 11-a-side specialists in the Denmark squad, as Avarta - who play in the Danish Second Division - have confirmed to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation[/i] that two of their players have made themselves available.Only one of those has so far identified himself - striker Christian Offenberg, 30, who is the Second Division's top scorer with five goals from six matches so far this season.Current Denmark manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson will not be in charge of the team.The DBU has decided that Hareide should not be involved in the two games, as the Denmark team will consist of players he has not selected.
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On Sunday, the DBU rejected an offer by the Danish Football Players' Association (Spillerforeningen) to play the two fixtures under the terms of their previous deal.Instead the governing body wrote to its domestic clubs in an attempt to compile a squad of new players who have not previously been involved with the national side.That will see Wales face a Denmark side without any of the players who reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, including Premier League stars such as Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. Eriksen is a member of the Spillerforeningen council and on Tuesday the players' body again offered to fulfil the fixtures under the previous terms.boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions.Uefa ruled out ejecting the team from qualification, instead awarding Sweden a 3-0 win and fining the DBU £18,000.But the DBU was warned that Denmark would be ruled out of any Uefa tournament if it cancelled another match in the next four years.The DBU therefore has no choice but to select whatever side it can scrape together for the friendly against Slovakia on 5 September and then the Nations League game four days later against Wales in Aarhus.In a statement released last weekend, DBU chief executive officer Claus Bretton-Meyer said the games will go ahead.He said: "It is a deeply regrettable situation we are in both for the team, fans and for all in Danish football. [/i]It's nothing to do with us. We'll be in Denmark on Sunday regardless of what squad is picked and we'll be looking to win the game, whoever's playingJames ChesterWales defender"We had hoped that the players would meet when we offered them the same fee, bonus, paid insurance and better flight, cook and treatment conditions. "Now we are working to get the best possible players to play the two matches for Denmark. "It is crucial for the future of Danish football. If the games are not played, we may be fighting millions in fines and exclusions for both national teams - and Danish football will be returned to the stone age in many areas."Before the Denmark game, Wales begin their Nations League campaign on 6 September against the Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium.
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