Denmark players faced 'violent personal attacks' in dispute
October 8 at 10:24 AM
COPENHAGEN, Denmark â" Denmarkâs players say they were subject to âoverly violent personal attacksâ during a contract dispute with the countryâs soccer association.
Denmark was forced to field a severely weakened lineup containing some futsal players for a friendly against Slovakia last month after the collapse of negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement regarding commercial rights.
A temporary agreement was reached, allowing the top players to be available for a UEFA Nations League game against Wales days later, and a new agreement was finalized at the end of September through 2024.
In an open letter written on behalf of the national team and published Monday, three of Denmarkâs top players â" Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel and Simon Kjaer â" say they fought for a better deal at a time when the team âis under pressur e from ... the big clubs and their competitions, where the big money is in football.â
The players praised the â1,000 playersâ who refused the chance to play against Slovakia in support of the playersâ union.
Denmark plays Ireland on Saturday in their second game in the Nations League.
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