Kasper Schmeichel could miss Denmark’s games with Slovakia and Wales due to an ongoing player dispute with the DBU. The DBU, Denmark’s football association, has been embroiled in a disagreement with the Danish Player Association, known as Spillerne, over a new commercial rights agreement and things appeared to come to a head on Sunday night.
The deadline for a new deal passed without any agreement and Spillerne then announced they would compromise by offering to temporarily extend the old deal in an attempt to prevent Wednesday’s friendly against Slovakia and the UEFA Nations League opener with Wales on Sunday from being postponed.
However, the DBU will not play ball and rejected the offer, stating that they will instead field a squad made up of domestically-based lower-league players to ensure the games go ahead.
A cancellation might have caused a UEFA ban from the 2020 European Championship and so manager Age Hareide and assistant Jon Dahl Tomasson will not take charge for the matches.
A statement from Spillerne said: “The players are surprised that the DBU has discontinued the negotiations.
“There is currently no agreement between the DBU and the Player Association for the national team players, and it has always been established that the national team does not play without a collective agreement.”