The Danish soccer federation says a women’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden has been canceled after wage talks collapsed. The DBU says it has informed FIFA and “expects now a disciplinary decision,” including being excluded from World Cup qualifying.
DBU spokesman Kim Hallberg says it is “regrettable and totally grotesque” that players will stay away from the game which was scheduled for Friday in Goteborg.
The DBU says it had offered to increase the annual investment to the women’s team by 2 million kroner ($316,000) to 4.6 million kroner ($727,000) to be used on higher salaries, among other things.
In neighboring Norway, the soccer association became the first national federation to say their women’s team will now be paid the same as their men’s side.