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Denmark to recall familiar faces following image rights row

Temporary agreement with DBU will see players return for clash with Wales.

Denmark to recall familiar faces following image rights row

Wales will face the likes of Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel in their Nations League clash on Sunday after the Danish Football Association announced a temporary truce with its star players.

The Danes fell to a 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia on Wednesday after being forced to select a starting XI of futsal and Danish lower league players.

The visitors were left with a severely weakened team after a dispute between the Danish Football Association (DBU) and its players over commercial image rights.

The likes of Eriksen and Schmeichel, among others, are refusing to sign a new agreement with the national team but a short-term agreement has been reached to prevent a similar situation unfolding against Wales.

“The players’ association and DBU today reached agreement on a deal that ensures that the men’s team can participate in the Nations League match in Aarhus against Wales on Sunday,” a DBU statement read.

“The DBU and the Player Association have entered into a temporary agreement for DBU’s senior national team squad until September 30, 2018.

“It has been agreed that the DBU and the Player Association will resume negotiations on a new permanent agreement so that the first negotiation meeting will take place on Monday 10th, September 2018.

“In today’s agreement, the DBU and the Player Association have 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.”

A host of part-timers took part in the riendly loss in Trnava, with manager Age Hareide also absent as John Jensen temporarily replaced him in the dugout.

Thursday’s agreement means Hareide will be able to call on his usual players against Ryan Giggs’ Wales – with DBU president Jesper Moller pleased to have something in place.

“It is good for the national team and for everyone in Danish football that we can play the important Nations League match with the right national team and again focus on the sport,” he said in the statement.

Among those in Denmark’s line-up against Slovakia were Christian Offenberg, a salesman, and student Simon Vollesen, as their lone striker and right-back respectively.

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.

“We were a few from the futsal team who chose to make us available to avoid any sanctions against DBU in general and the various national teams, so it was to be on the safe side, so nothing happened,” he said in comments reported by Danish news agency Ritzau.

“We have gone here to prevent it from affecting football Denmark and futsal Denmark. We may be crooks for someone, but we’re heroes to others, and that’s all right.”

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