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Danish FA release entire national team squad in dispute over commercial deals

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Andreas Christensen among those affected

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Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

A dispute over commercial rights between the Danish football association and players of the national team forced the former to dismiss the entire squad called up to play against Slovakia and Wales in the upcoming international break. Among those players sent home are Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.

As reported by ESPN’s Liam Twomey, the source of this debacle are the individual players signing deals with companies that are rivals of the ones sponsoring the Danish national team. The players, represented by their collective association, failed to sign a new agreement with the FA before Friday’s deadline and rejected the PFA’s offer of an extension on the current agreement until October.

And so their FA took the seemingly unprecedented decision to dismiss all the players who were called up by coach Age Hareide, whose services will also not be required this break apparently. Denmark must now find a replacement squad (of non-union players, i.e. mostly amateurs), or they will have to forfeit their games and face UEFA sanctions as well.

Needless to say, the player are less than pleased.

What a mess!