Published: Sun, September 09, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Danish amateurs keep pride intact in 3-0 Slovakia defeat

Danish amateurs keep pride intact in 3-0 Slovakia defeat

Neither Eriksen, nor Schmeichel, nor Kjaer. nor a single elite footballer.

Slovakia, which included leading players like Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, said before the game that its squad had been harmed by the Danish dispute and asked European football's governing body UEFA to deal with the case, and confer "adequate consequences".

Denmark lost to Slovakia, 3-0, on Wednesday in an global friendly that was supposed to be a tune-up for UEFA Nations League play this weekend (more on how the tournament works here).

The previous collective bargaining agreement expired on July 31 and the two parties have been unable to agree a new one.

It has been agreed that the match against Wales is played under the same terms as before and that the commercial rights are handled as before in the term of the agreement.

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Full-time manager Age Hareide was also absent, and temporarily replaced by John Jensen, who revealed he previously knew nothing about those in his squad.

Unfortunately for the Danish players, their first caps may also prove to be their last as the Danish FA is hoping to resolve the dispute and recall their leading players for the game against Wales in Aarhus.

Speaking after the game, goalkeeper Christoffer Haagh, who plays futsal for Denmark, said he and a few team-mates chose to join the squad "to be on the safe side" and avoid sanction for the national team - but now risk punishment by the DBU.

"Of course it's a odd situation we've ended up in, but I've always dreamed of making my national team debut".

"We stood up well on the pitch, and they largely weren't able to come forward", Offenberg, who plays in Denmark's third division, told Denmark's Channel 5. "We may be crooks for someone, but we're heroes to others, and that's all right".

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