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The players of the Danish women’s team are fighting for a new agreement with the Danish football association, DBU, as they want fair compensation for representing their country almost 70 days on average each year.

FIFPro fully supports the players, who have been put under pressure by their football association, which even threatened with possible legal sanctions against them. The same association demanded that the players paid all match tickets for family and relatives during the European championship, before paying the players their premiums for winning the silver medal.

The previous collective bargaining agreement expired earlier this month. The players and their union, Spillerforeningen, have been discussing a new deal with the DBU since December 2016 without any agreement yet.

After last Sunday’s talks ended, the players told the DBU they were ready to negotiate day and night, but heard nothing from the DBU until Tuesday, when the DBU surprisingly called of a friendly match against the Netherlands, which was scheduled this Friday in Horsens. The match was sold out.

The players are asking for a fair and basic compensation, because a majority of the players do not have an adequate football income from their clubs and have a job to afford living. The players consider it to be an honour to play for their country, which they proved at this year’s European championship. But they should not be out of pocket to play for the national team. They are entitled to a fair compensation from their football assocaition so they can prioritise their football career.

FIFPro noted that the DBU is very ambitious, setting high goals including a top-4 spot in the 2019 World Cup and qualification for the 2020 Olympic Games. However these ambitious targets require an appropriate investment, including the fitting monthly allowance the players are asking for.

Captain Pernille Harder said, in an official statement, that the players “are still ready to negotiate around the clock” with the DBU to get an agreement in place before next Tuesday’s World Cup qualification match with Hungary.

“We do not negotiate to get rich,” said Sanne Troelsgard, who has made 117 appearances for Denmark. “It is about ensuring that we can live up to our own and DBU’s expectations.”

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