Pay disputes involving national teams’ players which are common occurrences in Africa have seeped into Europe. Denmark has been forced to cancel a women World Cup qualifying match against Sweden following pay dispute the Danish football federation has with members of its national team.
The federation has already informed the continental body, UEFA as well as FIFA over the decision to scrap from the match that is expected to hold this Friday.
Denmark will most likely be slammed with a fine and suspension from the next edition of the competition.
According to information from AP, the Danish football federation had set Wednesday morning as deadline for the women players to return to negotiation table but that did not happen.
“Many things are dividing us,” the federation’s spokesman Kim Hallberg told Denmark’s TV2.
In Sweden, the country’s national soccer federation said 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.
The Danish federation said it 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 things.
In September, the DBU cancelled a friendly rematch of the Women’s European Championship final between Denmark and the Netherlands after wage talks collapsed.
The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 to win its 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 semi finals.
After cancelling the friendly, the two sides reached a partial agreement, allowing the women to play a World Cup qualifier against Hungary. However, differences between the DBU and the Danish Football Players’ Association remain. It was uncertain whether the Danish side would play Croatia on Tuesday in another World Cup qualifier.
In neighboring Norway, the soccer association became the first national federation to say their women’s team will now be paid the same as their men’s side.
In April, the U.S. women’s team struck a new collective bargaining agreement with its federation, ending more than a year of at times contentious negotiations, with players seeking comparable compensation to the men’s team.
UEFA, which is 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 regulations allow for punishments including disqualification — wiping previous Denmark results from the group — withholding of payments from TV rights and paying compensation to opponents.