Denmark FA & Players Have 'Temporary' Truce In Place For Wales Match

Doug Mendoza
September 9, 2018

Call this the Danish version of the Hollywood movie The Replacements, except the game in focus was football - and not the American variety - and there was no happy ending either.

The Danes, whose side included students, futsal players and a social media superstar, were beaten 3-0 in Wednesday's friendly for which organisers dropped ticket prices to €1 (Dh4.27) because of the depleted visiting team.

The home side went ahead when Adam Nemec beat the Denmark goalkeeper Christoffer Haagh, a futsal player, with a header in the 11th minute.

Denmark players have agreed a temporary agreement with the Danish FA over image rights and look set to return for the Nations League game with Wales this weekend.

Perhaps the most befitting goal came last on the night, with the scoring capped off by a calamitous 79th-minute own-goal from Adam Fogt - one of the futsal players who came on as a late substitute in the second half...

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There were concerns they would have to rely on the same players against Wales in their first game of the UEFA Nations League, live on Sky Sports, unless the standoff between the Danish players' union and national federation over commercial rights was resolved.

Denmark, ninth in the world rankings, reached the last 16 at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Other nations were concerned that the integrity of the new Nations League would be distorted if amateur players also faced Wales in Aarhus on Sunday and the DBU have now accepted the players' suggestion that they continue with their previous agreement for this match.

"We must hold the two national matches to avoid millions of fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years", said Kim Hallberg, director of the Danish Football Association (DBU).

Other reports by GizPress

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