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Sweden’s football association sticks boot in over match Denmark cancelled

Sweden has demanded compensation for a women’s World Cup qualification match cancelled by the Danish Football Association (Dansk Boldspil-Union, DBU) due to a dispute over pay.

Sweden’s football association sticks boot in over match Denmark cancelled
Denmark's players training without official gear during the contract dispute. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix Denmark

With DBU awaiting a final decision on punishment from European governing body UEFA over the October 2017 cancellation, the Swedish demand for compensation could increase the financial consequences for the Danish association.

Håkan Sjöstrand, general secretary of the Swedish Football Association (Svenska Fotbollförbundet, SvFF), told newspaper Expressen that Sweden’s losses over the cancelled match amount to two million Swedish kronor (1.5 million Danish kroner or 200,000 euros).

“This relates to tickets, advertising for the match, food, board, logistics and a number of things regarding the match,” Sjöstrand said.

UEFA has been informed of the Swedish demand and can reportedly send the bill to the DBU should the claim be upheld.

Sjöstrand said he was unconcerned as to whether the compensation was to be paid by Denmark or by UEFA.

“We have made it clear that we wish to be compensated. How UEFA resolves that, I don’t know. Whether they can take money from a fund or forward the bill to Denmark, that’s up to UEFA,” he said.

Denmark withdrew from the match when DBU failed to reach an agreement with national team players over playing contract terms. A new contract was subsequently agreed.

Sweden was initially awarded a 3-0 victory for the fixture, while Denmark was fined 150,000 kroner (20,000 euros) and given a suspended ban from qualifying.

But Sweden appealed that decision, arguing the punishment was not strong enough.

Though a final decision on disciplinary action is yet to be reached, the claim for compensation is a separate issue.

“The [compensation] demand has nothing to do with the final disciplinary punishment,” Sjöstrand said.

Should Swedish claims for a harsher punishment be upheld, the Danes risk being disqualified from the current World Cup campaign entirely.

READ ALSO: Danish FA cancels women's World Cup qualifier against Sweden over contract dispute 

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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