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'We have to solve this conflict now' - Eriksen calls for resolution with Danish FA ahead of Nations League opener

7:45 AM EDT 9/4/18
Christian Eriksen Denmark 2018 World Cup
The Tottenham star has called for a truce after players opted not to report for the start of international duty.

Christian Eriksen says Denmark's players are ready to find a resolution as an ongoing conflict threatens to impact the team's UEFA Nations League opener.

Denmark's players' association has been at odds with the country's FA, the DBU, following a dispute over a sponsorship contract involving those representing the national team.

As a result of that dispute, players have opted to not report for international duty ahead of Denmark's upcoming matches against Slovakia and Wales.

While a domestic-based squad could still be selected, Eriksen says he and his team-mates are willing to play under the terms of the deal used throughout the team's World Cup run.

"We have to solve this conflict now, not just digging the ditches deeper," Eriksen said in a statement on the players' association's website. "So we're happy to stretch our hand again, even though DBU put it away on the first try.

"Let's renew the old deal by one month. We will play the international matches this week, and then we have time after the two international matches to negotiate the entire agreement."

"We could all be home in our clubs who pay our wages - at home by our wives and children," Eriksen added. "We are not here for the money.

"We are here because we love to play for Denmark - and proud of the many millions we play for children and the breadth of Danish football, and the work we do for the whole of Danish football."

Denmark could face punishment from UEFA if the team fail to play the upcoming Nations League opener against Wales. The country's women's national team boycotted a World Cup qualifier in October 2017 following a similar dispute, prompting UEFA to fine the DBU while issuing a warning that they would be barred from further UEFA tournaments if another match was cancelled within the ensuing four years.

"It is a deeply regrettable situation we are in, for the team, fans and for all in Danish football," DBU CEO Claus Bretton-Meyer said in a statement. 

"We had hoped that the players would meet when we offered them the same fee, bonus, paid insurance and better flight, cook and treatment conditions. Now we are working to get the best possible players to play the two matches for Denmark. 

"It is crucial for the future of Danish football. If the games are not played, we may be fighting millions of fines and exclusions for both national teams - and Danish football will be returned to the Stone Age in many areas."

Denmark face Wales on Sunday night at Ceres Park in Aarhus following Wednesday's friendly against Slovakia.