After their refusal to play their World Cup warmup game against Panama at BC Place in Vancouver, the Canada men’s national team is likely to take the field in the Concacaf Nations League against Curaçao on Thursday, Jun. 9. The game on Sunday had to be canceled after the players opted to strike over a dispute on bonus payments tied to Canada’s first World Cup qualification since the 1986 tournament. The statement was signed with the following words: “We are brothers. We fear nothing. We stand on guard.”
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) June 5, 2022
In their statement, the players pointed out that the relationship between Canada Soccer and the various national teams has been difficult for years. “And now, Canada Soccer has disrespected our team and jeopardized our efforts to raise the standards and effectively advance the game in Canada,” the statement of the team that includes superstars Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) and Jonathan David (LOSC Lille). The players want fair compensation for both the men’s and women’s teams.
The players want 40% of the $10 million earned from qualifying for the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and a friends and family travel package equal to that offered by other federations—Canada Soccer has offered two tickets per player and no travel compensation, most other federations offer eight and pay for travel.
Canada Soccer – Game against Curaçao to go ahead?
The players refused to train the two days leading up to the Sunday game and, with negotiations going nowhere on Saturday night, opted not to play the game against Panama. Talks have since continued, and the players have released a statement that they will return to training on Monday. Sources have also told Transfermarkt that the Nations League game against Curaçao on Thursday, also scheduled at BC Place will be going ahead. Not playing the game against Curaçao would have profound implications, from a fine to exclusion from the competition.
As reported earlier. The #CanMNT will be back to the pitch today. No confirmation on the Curaçao game but one source has told me that the team is planing to play the game. https://t.co/pktdOCrlUg
— Manuel Veth (@ManuelVeth) June 6, 2022