Denmark risk being excluded from World Cup after cancelling qualifier with Sweden over pay dispute

The Danish women's football team will not play Sweden in the scheduled World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a result

Philip O'Connor
Wednesday 18 October 2017 12:52
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Denmark face fines, points deductions and possible expulsion from the 2019 World Cup
Denmark face fines, points deductions and possible expulsion from the 2019 World Cup

The Danish women's football team will not play Sweden in the scheduled World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a dispute between the players and the Danish Football Association (DBU) has not yet been resolved.

"The DBU has today told the Swedish FA that the players of the women's national team have not gathered in order to play the game, which will now not be played," a statement read on Wednesday.

The statement also added that the FA now faces fines, points deductions and possibly expulsion from the competition because of the failure to fulfil the fixture.

The Danish players, who lost in the final of the European Championship to hosts Netherlands in August, have been engaged in tough negotiations with the DBU over compensation and conditions for female internationals.

Norway recently announced that its male and female players would receive the same pay, but talks between the DBU and the its women's team have broken down several times in recent weeks.

Denmark have so far played one match of their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign, which was a 6-1 victory over Hungary last month. They are scheduled to play against Croatia on Tuesday.

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