Sold-out women’s friendly cancelled over salary dispute A
FRIENDLY rematch of the Women’s European Championship final was cancelled by Denmark’s football federation yesterday after wage talks collapsed.
The friendly between Denmark and the European champion Netherlands on Friday was sold out in Horsens, western Denmark.
The Danish federation DBU said it offered a 46 percent wage increase to the team that includes professional and amateur players. But it said the Danish Football Players’ Association wanted a 342 percent raise and demanded all players were hired by the DBU.
“Ultimate demands” led to the game’s cancellation, the DBU said.
“This is a deeply regrettable situation and we are really sorry to disappoint the many fans who, like us, have been looking forward to this football party,” DBU spokesman Kim Hallberg said.
Denmark captain Pernille Harder, a member of the players’ association negotiation team, said she was “disappointed,” and urged the DBU to return to the negotiation table.
“It is definitely not our wish,” Harder said of the cancellation. “Of course, we need an agreement in place to be able to play.”
The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 last month to win its first European women’s title. Denmark knocked out six-time defending champion Germany in the quarterfinals and reached its first final after losing five previous semifinals.
In April, the US women’s team struck a new collective bargaining agreement with its federation, ending more than a year of at times contentious negotiations, with players seeking comparable compensation to the men’s team. – AP firstname.lastname@example.org
KYAW ZIN HLAING
MMA champion Phoe Thaw of Myanmar will compete in Muaythai for the first time this Friday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Dubbed “MX Muay Extreme”, the evening will see Thai boxers take on foreign fighters under Muaythai rules. Phoe Thaw will be up against Phu Sang Big Sword Run of Thailand. In other bouts host-nation boxers will face counterparts from Japan, Belarus, Switzerland, France and Scotland.
Though Phoe Thaw has experience in MMA and lethwei, a form of sport and fighting native to Myanmar, this will be his first foray into Muaythai.
But the Myanmar fighter is unfazed. “I have no worries. Muaythai is a martial art where the rules and regulations are similar to lethwei. The boxers wear gloves and fights are generally decided on pointssystem. That’s all,” Phoe Thaw said.
Phoe Thaw made the history when he became Myanmar’s first ever MMA featherweight champion last year. The 32-year-fighter is also an accomplished exponent of aikido, jiu-Jitsu and karate.
“Actually, I didn’t have any plans to enter this competition. I was training in Bangkok for the WLC (World Lethwei Championship) later this month when I was approached to join the competition. I accepted the offer thinking it would be a good experience. But now I’m looking for victory,” Phoe Thaw added.