Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Jensen takes over as Danish row takes new twist

Jensen takes over as Danish row takes new twist

Wales could line up against a Denmark side that includes a handful of futsal players for their opening Nations League match.

The Danish soccer association, known as the DBU, is attempting to find a new group of players, featuring those from Denmark's lower divisions, to replace the original squad so the country can fulfil its obligations and avoid potential sanctions from UEFA.

As a result, the DBU has been forced to call upon players from the third and fourth tiers of their domestic league, as well as four who played in the 2016 Futsal World Cup.

Sheffield United star Ben Woodburn could go head-to-head with FUTSAL players when Wales take on Denmark in the Nations League this weekend.

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Slovakia will play against Denmark in a friendly soccer game on September 5.

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Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and Uefa fined the DBU £18,000 (Dh85,000).

"We're here because we love to play for Denmark and are proud of the many millions we play for and the breadth of Danish football, and the work we do for the whole of Danish football - for example, meeting up for the DBU events and their sponsors, as we have always done".

Coach Aage Hareide will not be in charge of the team for the games as the FA does not want him to manage a side he did not pick himself, the DBU said.

The stand-off is thought to be based around the DBU's desire for more flexible rules about using players in commercial contexts, while the Spillerforeningen wants sponsorship deals to focus on the team instead of individuals.

A contract dispute with the Danish national women's team led to the boycotting of a World Cup qualifier against Sweden previous year, leaving the DBU with a US$23,100 fine and a final warning from Uefa over the cancellation of matches - forcing the association's hand.

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Former Arsenal man Jensen added: "When I say yes to help here, it's because I feel very strongly for the national team as an institution, and because I think the most important thing must be that the games will be played". "On behalf of the DBU and Danish football, I am pleased that John Faxe Jensen has taken the hard task of being coach for both matches".

DBU elite manager Kim Hallberg said: "We must field teams in the two worldwide matches to avoid millions in fines and possible exclusion of the national team for several years".

Denmark risks being ruled out of the UEFA if it cancels another match.

"The national team has meant infinitely much to me in my career and in my life".

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