Sports Round-Up: Five subs allowed when Superliga restarts

In other football news, Danish 1986 World Cup shirt among the world’s most valuable

The Superliga has announced a rule change for when the league resumes that will allow for five substitutions instead of the usual three.

Only three substitutions may still be called, however, so the five replacements must come on either at half-time or during the three permitted substitution windows.

In place for this Thursday’s return
The change was made after a dialogue between the clubs concerning the health and safety of players as the league decides how and when the season will progress.

The rule change will apply for the remainder of the 2019/20 season, which is scheduled to return in four days time on May 28.

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Police investigating possible match fixing case in Superliga
AaB has confirmed on its website that North Jutland Police has issued a request to the club regarding a match-fixing investigation. No-one has been charged in the case. North Jutland Police announced that in February 2020 they received a tip-off of possible match-fixing in connection with a 3F Superliga match between AaB and OB in the autumn of 2019. AaB chief executive Thomas Bælum has said the club is fully co-operating with the inquiry and is confident it will conclude that no illegal activity has taken place.

1986 World Cup national shirt among most valuable retro kits
The iconic Danish 1986 World Cup home jersey have been estimated to be among the most valuable collectible football shirts, according to Casumo based on data sourced by Classic Football Shirts. The current value of the shirts, which were used until 1986, stands at £399.99 (3,340 kroner) – the fourth most valuable national team shirt and seventh overall. Barcelona’s 1991-92 away strip and the Netherlands’ Euro 1988 winning shirts tie for first overall at £599.99. Vintage football jerseys have spiked in value in recent years as sports nostalgia has set in, making the shirts highly sought-after collector’s items.

Astralis lands huge sponsorship with Hummel
In the virtual arena, Danish eSports team Astralis Group has landed a massive sponsorship deal from clothing chain Hummel said to be worth between 30 and 50 million kroner over three years. The deal means that Astralis Group, who rank as the world leaders in the game ‘Counter Strike: Global Offense’, will soon be sporting Hummel jerseys when they compete in front of a burgeoning eSports community, which is reported to have 500 million followers worldwide. Astralis Group’s commercial director and co-founder Jakob Lund Kristensen joked that it was not long ago the team only had sponsorship deals for 10 mouse pads and a few headsets.

Bødker leaves National Hockey League
On the ice, Danish hockey player Mikkel Bødker has signed a two-year contract with Swiss outfit HC Lugano after a stint playing for the Ottawa Senators of the NHL for one season that was marred by injuries. Bødker returned to Denmark in late March due to the Coronavirus Crisis, and his status with the Senators was in limbo as his two-year contract was set to expire at the end of the delayed 2019-20 season. The 30-year old previously played for the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes, who selected him eighth overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, making him the highest-ever drafted Dane.


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