A bizarre story courtesy of Danish outlet TV2 has been doing the rounds online this afternoon, revealing that Denmark’s Football Association may pay their Italian counterparts to take over their bookings for next year’s World Cup.
Unsurprisingly, the IFF, Italy’s Football Federation, had already booked their flights and accommodation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, based on the assumption that they would qualify.
However, in one of the biggest shocks in international football in decades, the Azzurri incredibly failed to secure their spot for next summer’s showpiece, having finished 2nd behind Spain in their qualifying group, before falling to a disastrous 1-0 aggregate defeat to Sweden in the playoffs for the tournament.
As a result, the bookings made long ago by the IFF are obviously no longer required, with Claus Bretton-Meyer, the CEO of DBU (Danish Football Association), admitting today that his country may look to purchase the flights and accommodation that they need from the Italians.
‘The big countries have settled in the bigger venues, and so we need to see what we can get,’ Bretton-Meyer explained.
‘Now there is a big difference between the preferences of the Danes and Italians. But it is clear that we can end up in a situation where we must get what we can get.’
Denmark sealed their own spot at next summer’s World Cup with an incredible 5-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night, after the sides played out a 0-0 stalemate in Copenhagen last Saturday.