Danish women risk World Cup expulsion over FA dispute
The Danish women's soccer team will not play Sweden in their planned 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.
Denmark players look dejected following the Final of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 between Netherlands v Denmark at FC Twente Stadium on August 6, 2017 in Enschede, Netherlands.
Published 18/10/2017 at 11:20 GMT | Updated 18/10/2017 at 11:52 GMT
"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," DBU officer Kom Hallberg said in a statement 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.
Danish players take selfies with their fans as the Danish football women were celebrated at Copenhagen Town Square on August 7, 2017 after winning the silver medal at the UEFA women's European Championships in Holland.
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.