Danish footballers to skip national game amid contract row

Wales defender James Chester is relishing prospect of facing weakened Denmark next week

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 DBU is said to have rejected an offer from Spillerforeningen, the footballers' union of Denmark, to play the friendly with Slovakia on Wednesday and the game with Wales under a temporary extension of their previous deal.

Failure to reach such an agreement left an unfamiliar squad, including players from third-tier club Avarta, fourth-tier Vanlose and four who appeared in the 2016 Futsal World Cup and play for club side Jaegersborg.

The DBU are afraid of a huge fine from UEFA and the possibility of being kicked out of the Nations League if they forfeited a match - a turn of events which would have implications for Ireland who are due to face Age Hareide's team in Dublin next month and in Aarhus in November.

Slovakia will play against Denmark in a friendly soccer game on September 5.

"UEFA has been pretty clear about this", a DBU spokeswoman said.

The dispute concerns the rights of players, like Spurs' Christian Eriksen, to sign sponsorship deals with companies that compete with sponsors of the national team.

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At issue are the rights of players to make individual deals with sponsors while representing Denmark, while travel conditions are also a point of contention.

They were previously fined and threatened with a ban following a similar dispute with their female players that led to a World Cup qualifier being cancelled.

Former Arsenal man Jensen added: "When I say yes to help here, it's because I feel very strongly for the national team as an institution, and because I think the most important thing must be that the games will be played". "The board has therefore asked DBU's management that the two global matches will be played with the strongest possible team". We are prepared to play the worldwide matches this week and then we have time after the matches to negotiate the whole agreement.

"We must field teams in the two worldwide matches to avoid millions in fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years", said Kim Hallberg, the DBU elite manager.

"We have to solve this conflict now, not just digging the ditches deeper", the Tottenham midfielder said.

Danish national soccer team caretaker manager John Jensen listens to a question during a press conference at the Rivar Park hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

"It is crucial for the future of Danish football".

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