Contract dispute scuttles Canada-Panama soccer friendly in Vancouver

A friendly ahead of Sunday’s World Cup in Vancouver between the men’s national teams of Canada and Panama has been called off.

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Canada Soccer confirmed the cancellation less than two hours before kickoff.

A spokesperson for BC Pavco, which manages BC Place Stadium, said tickets will be refunded, with more information coming from Ticketmaster.


The cancellation was first reported by TSN sports journalist Rick Westhead, who Shared a letter attributed to the men’s team Addressed “Dear Canada”.

In the letter, the team apologized to fans and the Panamanian side, but stated that they were forced to act amid an ongoing dispute with Canada Soccer over player compensation, the payment of equity to the women’s national team and the organization’s broadcasts. and sponsorship deals.

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Granthshala News is yet to confirm the letter.

Other than confirmation of the cancellation, Canada Soccer has yet to comment on the…