Monday 25 March 2019

Everybody lost, says Jonas Lossl over Danish players’ dispute with federation

Denmark’s top players missed last week’s friendly defeat in Slovakia.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is hoping Denmark’s players can reach a speedy agreement with the Danish FA (Martin Rickett/PA)
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl is hoping Denmark’s players can reach a speedy agreement with the Danish FA (Martin Rickett/PA)

By Mark Walker, Press Association Sport

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl believes Denmark’s players were right to stand their ground in their on-going dispute with the Danish Football Association.

The row between the Danish players’ union and the Danish FA over commercial rights meant the country’s top players were unavailable for last week’s friendly defeat in Slovakia.

The Danish FA and players then agreed to hold talks, so that a full-strength team lined up in Sunday’s Nations League game against Wales, which Denmark won 2-0.

“We players feel like we’ve done the right thing by standing together for our rights and we feel a big support throughout the Danish football community,” said Huddersfield keeper Lossl.

“But in the end, now I just hope for a quick resolution. I’m really happy that we played the game against Wales, that we were in there with our team.”

Denmark avoided UEFA sanctions by fielding their strongest line-up against Wales, but the two parties are still negotiating and Lossl feels his country’s football reputation has suffered.

“There were so many things going on,” he said. “In the end it was just a case of…for me or when you look at it from outside, everybody lost a little bit.

“It’s not a good case for either the organisation or us as players. All of us would have preferred if we had found an agreement.”

Two goals from Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen secured Denmark an impressive win against Ryan Giggs’ Wales in Aarhus and Lossl said that was testament to the players’ unity.

“We performed well and I feel that shows big character from the team,” he added. “We were able to put it aside, even though we didn’t train properly leading up to the game.

“That shows what our team is capable of in the future and I really hope we get a good agreement in the end, where all of us can build on.

“I hope it doesn’t have any long-term consequences. We feel the short-term consequences in Denmark and surrounding the national team there’s been a lot of criticism and bad publicity.

“So I hope when we get the agreement that we can get to a place of understanding and go forward. It’s important that we get the right agreement.

“Of course we need to solve this before the next two games in a month. All of the players involved have been told what’s going on, but that’s a situation between us and the organisation.”

Denmark are scheduled to play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in their next Nations League fixture on October 13.

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