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Denmark fined for World Cup fans’ bad behaviour

The Danish Football Association (DBU) has been fined by FIFA after fans misbehaved during Thursday’s World Cup match against Australia.

Denmark fined for World Cup fans' bad behaviour
Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish fans threw plastic cups of beer over Australian supporters in the stands below them during the Group C clash between the two sides last week.

A video published by broadcaster DR shows cups of beer raining onto Australian fans celebrating the equalising goal scored by Mile Jedinak during the 1-1 draw in Samara.

The video, reportedly recorded by a Russian fan, explains in part the fine issued to Denmark’s football association DBU by FIFA.

DBU must pay 20,000 Swiss francs (129,000 kroner) as punishment for fans’ transgression, DR reports.

The fine is related to both crowd disturbances and a sexist banner displayed by Danish fans at the match, according to Reuters.

Additionally, AP reports that Danish fans disrespected “pre-match protocol.” Fans are required to respect the national anthem of opponents prior to matches.

“We have accepted the fine and are otherwise fully focused on Tuesday’s match [against France],” DBU’s head of communication Jakob Høyer told Ritzau in a written comment.

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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