Denmark forced to call up futsal players for Wales clash

Football Freestyler "Brizze", who plays futsal for Denmark, was rumoured to be in the mix but he told us he turned down the opportunity.

Denmark have named John Jensen temporary first-team coach for Wednesday's friendly with Slovakia, as an unspecified squad of players heads to Bratislava.

"We must hold the two worldwide matches to avoid fines of millions and the possible exclusion of the national team for several years", said DBU's team manager Kim Hallberg.

Senior Danish players are refusing to sign a new deal with the Danish Football Association (DBU) because of a dispute over commercial rights.

There is a fear that UEFA could hit Denmark with a huge fine and ban if they do not play their opening Nations League match.

DBU communications manager Jakob Hoyer insisted this week the organisation did not want to discuss a new deal on the eve of matches and be forced into an unsatisfactory agreement.

Denmark on Tuesday said it would play in the UEFA Nations League against Slovakia and Wales after securing a second-string squad and a substitute coach as contract talks with first-team members failed.

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The DBU rejected an offer at the weekend from the players' association to play the games under the terms of their most recent deal. We are prepared to play the worldwide matches this week and then we have time after the matches to negotiate the whole agreement.

"We are right here and we want to play football for Denmark as always".

The women's team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions. Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen will take charge for the fixtures.

The DBU was also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years. 'I just hope to help us get through the two matches and that the parties find a solution as soon as possible.

So failing to play Wales would nearly certainly see Denmark expelled from the 2020 European Championship.

"We're here to solve this conflict now, not just dig the ditches deeper", Eriksen said in a statement published on the Spillerforeningen website.

"All in all, the whole national team, together we enter the agreement and together we save the face of Danish football". "That was what happened in 2015 and led to a historically poor national team agreement that has created so many problems".

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