Canada cancelled a pleasant worldwide with Panama simply hours earlier than kick-off on Sunday after their gamers went on strike over a proposed new labour deal.
Canada Soccer confirmed the World Cup warm-up sport in Vancouver had been scrapped in a short assertion on Twitter.
No motive was given however an announcement launched by the boys’s nationwide crew stated the transfer got here after gamers rejected a contract provide offered to the squad final Thursday.
The assertion stated talks had been ongoing since March between Canada Soccer and the nationwide crew, who this yr certified for the World Cup for the primary time in 36 years.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) June 6, 2022
The squad stated Canada Soccer had “unnecessarily extended” negotiations earlier than making an unsatisfactory preliminary provide on Thursday.
“Canada Soccer waited till the night of June 2nd to current an archaic provide and the overall secretary and president of the affiliation solely made themselves out there for the primary time to attach with the gamers on June 4 at 4pm,” the gamers’ assertion stated.
“For these causes, we now have reluctantly determined to not play our match at the moment in opposition to Panama.
“It’s time we take a stand for the way forward for soccer in Canada.”
The gamers additionally criticised a deal signed by Canada Soccer and business associate Canadian Soccer Enterprise in 2018, demanding the phrases of the contract be made public.
The assertion known as for an “equitable construction with our girls’s nationwide crew” that shares the identical participant match charges, proportion of prize cash at FIFA World Cups and the event of a girls’s home league.
The assertion concluded with an apology to followers over the sudden cancellation.
“We wish to apologise to our followers. Taking part in at dwelling together with your assist is all the things to us,” the assertion learn.
The assertion stated gamers hoped to have resolved the dispute by the point Canada is scheduled to play Curacao within the CONCACAF Nations League on Thursday.
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis later hit again on the gamers resolution to withdraw from Sunday’s pleasant, insisting that the provide put to gamers was honest and calling for a “facts-based” dialogue a few new labor deal.
“Canada Soccer could be very upset the boys’s nationwide crew gamers’ resolution to refuse to play at the moment,” Bontis stated.
“Canada Soccer is dedicated to the ideas of equity and fairness and we consider we offered a good provide to the gamers.”
The dispute is the newest turbulent episode to rock Canadian soccer in current weeks.
Panama have been solely drafted in as final minute opponents for Sunday’s pleasant after an preliminary fixture with fellow World Cup qualifiers Iran was cancelled after a backlash in opposition to the fixture led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who known as it a “dangerous thought”.
The fixture was additionally criticised by households of passengers killed when Iranian armed forces shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet after take-off from Tehran in January 2020.
Eighty-five Canadian residents and everlasting residents have been among the many 176 individuals who died within the incident, which the Iranian armed forces later described as a mistake.