Danish Women’s National Football Team Risk World Cup Suspension

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By Satish Sekar November 5, 2017 11:51

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Danish Women’s National Football Team Risk World Cup Suspension

By Derek Miller © Derek Miller (October 19th 2017)

Dispute

A longstanding pay dispute with the Danish women’s national team has forced the DBU, the country’s soccer federation to cancel this weekend’s World Cup qualifying match against Sweden. The DBU has since confirmed it has informed UEFA and FIFA and expects a disciplinary decision to follow, which could including being excluded from 2019 World Cup qualification matches.

The match had been scheduled for Friday in Gothenburg. The federation had set a Wednesday morning deadline for the women’s side to come back to the table, but no agreement could be reached in time. “Many things are dividing us,” DBU spokesman Kim Hallberg told Denmark’s TV2.

Sweden’s national soccer federation said that its women would continue to prepare for the match hoping it would eventually take place. “It is a really special situation in which we never have been before,” Swedish federation general secretary Hakan Sjostrand said.

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Parity

The DBU had offered to increase the annual investment to the women’s team by 2 million kroner ($316,000) to 4.6 million kroner ($727,000) to be used on higher salaries, among other costs. In September, the DBU also had to cancel a friendly with the Netherlands, which was a rematch of last summer’s Women’s European Championship final between Denmark and the Netherlands, which the Netherlands won 4-2 to win their first European women’s title. Denmark knocked out six-time defending champion Germany in the quarterfinals and reached its first final after losing in five previous semifinals.

Neighbouring Norway, recently became the first national federation to say their women’s team will now be paid the same as their men’s side. And in April, the U.S. women’s team agreed new terms with their federation, ending more than a year of acrimonious negotiations, with players seeking comparable remuneration to the men’s team.

UEFA, responsible for European qualifying games for the women’s World Cup, said any disciplinary case could only be opened after Friday’s match date. World Cup guidelines allow for punishments that can include disqualification, possible points deductions and withholding of payments from TV rights and paying compensation to opponents.

Meanwhile the Danish women’s team and their federation await the forthcoming findings.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 5, 2017 11:51