Denmark scramble together new squad, coach amid pay dispute

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was named in the original Denmark squad

Danish national soccer team caretaker manager John Jensen, foreground and Sport director DBU Kim Hallberg, listen to a question during a press conference at the Rivar Park hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

If the Danish Football Association (DBU) had failed to name a squad, the team, who are ninth in the world rankings and reached the last 16 at this year's World Cup, could have been thrown out of the 2020 European Championship.

The 24-man squad for the friendly with Slovakia on Wednesday in Trnava contained six members of futsal club Jaegersborg - two of whom are also registered with football clubs - while most other players are from the country's third and fourth tiers.

Denmark's preparations for their Uefa Nations League game opener against Wales are in turmoil after an extraordinary row over the players' commercial rights. It said Denmark promised to field the best possible team, and complained the replacement team contained "the players from lower-tier competitions". "I do not consider the matter between DBU and the players, my yes is not an expression of it", Jensen said.

Meanwhile, the Slovaks have dropped ticket prices for the match to 1 euro ($1.15).

DBU chief executive Claus Bretton-Meyer said: "It is a deeply regrettable situation we are in both for the team, fans and for all in Danish football".

"It hurts to follow this course, and I hope my contribution can help mitigate the negative consequences".

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Senior players refused to renew their contract over disagreements on their conditions. We are prepared to play the global matches this week and then we have time after the matches to negotiate the whole agreement.

Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and UEFA fined the DBU £18,000, and also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years.

"Together we enter the deal and we all save the face of Danish football", the playmaker added.

In 2017, the Danish women's team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden over salary disputes.

The dispute is chiefly over the rights of players, including Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, to make individual sponsorship agreements with companies competing with national team sponsors.

"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".

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