Football: Soccer-Canada returns to practice after refusing to play Panama over contract dispute

(Reuters) – The Canadian males’s nationwide soccer workforce stated on Monday it would return to coaching after refusing to play a pleasant in opposition to Panama over stalled contract negotiations with Canada Soccer.

Just two hours prior to kickoff on Sunday in Vancouver the Canadian males knowledgeable Canada Soccer they might not play the pleasant, demanding adjustments to their compensation settlement together with a much bigger slice of World Cup prize cash for gamers.

Qatar marks simply the second time Canada has certified for the World Cup and the primary since 1986.

“Canada Soccer senior leaders and the Men’s National Team gamers met on Sunday night time to proceed the negotiation course of. The gamers will practice this afternoon (Monday) with future conferences scheduled towards a decision,” Soccer Canada stated in a press release on their official Twitter account.

In letter obtained by all-sport community TSN the gamers outlined an extended listing of calls for, together with a 40% share of World Cup prize cash and a “complete family and friends bundle” for Qatar.

The gamers additionally known as for an equitable compensation bundle for Canada’s nationwide girls’s workforce and the event of a home girls’s league.

With negotiators again on the desk gamers returned to the sphere on Monday to proceed their preparations for Qatar however made it clear in a letter that no deal had been reached.

Canada is scheduled to play Curacao in a CONCACAF Nations League match at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium on Thursday.

“The gamers have met with the senior leaders of Canada Soccer on Sunday night and can proceed the negotiation course of, however questions have but to be answered and actions have but to be taken,” stated the gamers.

“We transfer ahead in hopes that Canada Soccer will work with us to resolve the scenario.”

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Richard Pullin)

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