- The friendly match between the Canadian and Panamanian teams was canceled.
- The announcement was released two hours before the match.
- Canadians find themselves in the middle of a contract dispute.
Canada cancels soccer game: Canada achieved a historic pass to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, by finishing in first place in the CONCACAF qualifiers. Although it seems that everything is in harmony, the relationship between the players and the Federation has reached a delicate point.
The players of the national team refused to train and play against Panama on Sunday as part of their preparation for the games. All after they did not reach a contractual agreement for the World Cup earnings, as well as equitable compensation for the men’s and women’s teams. FILED FROM: Canada Cancels Match
What happened to the Canadian soccer team?
The friendly match between Canada and Panama was canceled two hours before the it was scheduled to begin. There were reports of a players’ strike due to a dispute with the Canadian federation. This match, scheduled in the city of Vancouver, was the first for the Canadian team since its classification.
“The Canadian Men’s National Team international match scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at BC Place has been cancelled. Additional details will be provided to all ticket buyers,” the Canadian federation said on Twitter. FILED FROM: Canada Cancels Match
Players demand better salaries
This is the second World Cup that The Canadian soccer team will play in its history after Mexico-1986, according to ESPN. In a statement, the members of the Canadian team explained that their refusal to play against Panama was due to a series of financial and other demands that have not been met by the federation.
One of the points is the demand for equal pay for the Canadian men’s and women’s teams. A few days ago they also announced the cancellation of a friendly match against Iran after receiving a wave of criticism from Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister. FILED FROM: Canada Cancels Match
Trudeau didn’t want them to play Iran
According to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the public would not welcome an Iranian representative after the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines plane a few minutes after taking off from Tehran, killing 85 Canadian citizens.
Likewise, international media highlight that the players went on strike because there is no agreement with the financial prizes for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. They are still waiting for another statement where they will give more information on the status of the players. FILED FROM: Canada Cancels Match
Players demand improvements to return to the field
According to ESPN, among the requests made by the players is that 40% of the World Cup earnings should be the team’s money, a travel package for friends and family, as well as an equitable structure “and that our women’s national team share the same match fees and the percentage for the respective World Cup tournaments.”
But Canada Soccer had offered 10% of the profits, which are expected to exceed $15 million. The Canadian team reported the cancellation of the match on social media and reported that more details will be given about ticket refunds. FILED FROM: Canada Cancels Match