Denmark’s footballers push for equal pay

Danish Men's Football Team Foregoes Pay Rise Image: X/ @EURO2024

IN a significant move towards gender equality, Denmark‘s male footballers have chosen to forgo a salary increase to ensure their female counterparts receive equal basic pay. This decision, announced by the players’ union recently, marks a notable step in promoting fairness in sports.

Danish Men’s Team Rejects Pay Rise for Gender Equality

Union spokesperson Magnus Hviid explained, ‘The men’s team chose not to ask for a salary increase to improve the conditions of the women’s team.’ He praised this decision as an ‘extraordinary measure’ and noted that while progress is being made, there is still work to be done to achieve full equality in national teams.

New Agreement for Equal Basic Pay

The new agreement ensures that both men’s and women’s teams will receive the same match bonuses for away games and improved insurance coverage for the women’s team. However, a pay gap remains because there are no bonuses for home matches, leading to overall pay differences between the two teams.

Advancing Negotiations for Women’s Team

To address this, the Danish Football Federation (DBU) and the players’ union have agreed to start new negotiations for the women’s team after the summer break.

Support from Key Players

Michael Sahl Hansen, the director of the players’ union, Spillerforeningen, commended the men’s team for not seeking better conditions for themselves. Instead, players such as Andreas Christensen, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Simon Kjaer, and Kasper Schmeichel supported the women’s team.

Efforts Beyond Pay: Clubhouse and Development Fund

The agreement also includes the creation of a shared clubhouse and a development fund. The men’s team will partly finance this fund when they qualify for major tournaments, with the players and the DBU contributing one million Danish kroner each (€134,100).

Global Trend Towards Gender Pay Equity in Sports

Denmark joins other countries like the United States, Australia, and Brazil in working towards closing the gender pay gap in football. These efforts highlight a growing trend towards gender equality in sports, ensuring fair and inclusive opportunities for all athletes.

Denmark’s Performance Against England in Euro 2024

In addition to their efforts off the field, the Danish men’s team recently played a crucial match in the UEFA Euro 2024. They secured a 1-1 draw against England in a Group C match on June 20. Harry Kane opened the scoring for England in the 18th minute, but Morten Hjulmand equalised for Denmark in the 34th minute. Both teams had opportunities in the second half, but the match ended in a draw. This result leaves England with four points from two matches, while Denmark and Slovenia have two points each from two draws, and Serbia has one point from two games.

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Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!