Sold-out women’s friendly can­celled over salary dis­pute A

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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 kyawz­inhlaing91@gmail.com

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.

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