Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign at risk over players’ contract dispute

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The Danish Football Association (DBU), fearing the prospect of a UEFA ban if they do not fulfil the fixture in Aarhus, have invited players from Superligaen and the first and second divisions in domestic football to play against Slovakia and Wales.

Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has called for an end to the ongoing game of chicken between his Denmark national team and their federation.

Denmark's leading lights - who have been backed by their country's players' union - have rejected a proposed new national team agreement related to their image rights and sponsorship deals.

Denmark play Slovakia in a friendly on Wednesday, before opening their Nations League campaign on Sunday against Wales, live on Sky Sports.

All of us, the whole national team. It said Denmark promised to field the best possible team, and complained the replacement team contained "players from lower-tier competitions".

"Let's move on now, DBU", Eriksen said in a statement published by the union.




The Slovakians say they have asked UEFA to deal with the case and confer "adequate consequences" and have dropped ticket prices for the match to €1 ($1.15).

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

"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".

Senior players refused to renew their contract over disagreements on their conditions. The DBU was fined and warned Denmark could be excluded from any UEFA tournament if another match was cancelled in the next four years. He said he and his teammates would play the two matches under the old terms of the commercial rights agreement, but a resolution still hasn't been found.

"We have to solve this conflict now, and not just dig the trenches deeper", Eriksen said. One of the players reported to have made himself available is striker Christian Offenberg of Avarta who play in the third tier of Danish football. "We are all equal here and want to play football for Denmark - as always".

A contract dispute with the Danish national women's team led to the boycotting of a World Cup qualifier against Sweden previous 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.

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