The Danish Superliga kick-off on July 18 is under threat after two months of failed collective agreement negotiations between the clubs’ association Divisionsforeningen and the players’ association Spillerforeningen.
The conflict stems from Divisionsforeningen ending the current collective agreement two months ago and the parties being been unable to reach a consensus over a new agreement.
“We really want to avoid a lockout in Danish football, but it was necessary to end the agreement because it was ten years old,” Claus Thomsen, the head of Divisionsforeningen, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
“We need a collective agreement that also caters to the labour market situation and more commercial auspices.”
Five clubs exempt
Spillerforeningen wants an agreement that the clubs can’t simply dismiss, as is currently the case, they argue.
Divisionsforeningen has warned of the lockout starting from July 1, which would include a lockout of all Spillerforeningen’s members from the Superliga, the Nordic Bet League and the Second Division.
Aalborg, FC Copenhagen, FC Midtjylland, Brøndby and Esbjerg, who are all due to play European qualification matches in July and August, are exempt from the lockout.