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FIFA have rejected a protest lodged by the Danish Football Federation (DFU) against having to play two of their World Cup matches in the afternoon heat of South Korea to suit television schedules.

Danish officials argued that their Group A rivals France and Uruguay will play just one of their three first-phase ties in the 3.30 pm (0630 GMT) slot.

"We've heard so much talk of fair play during the World Cup workshop in Tokyo last February, but we have discovered that there is no such sporting fair play when there are commerical interests," Denmark coach Morten Olsen said on the DFU website Wednesday.

In the World Cup draw in December, Denmark were given two evening matches in their Group A but this decision was overruled because of television interests, and the team have to play two of their games in the afternoon.

The matches in question are the June 6 clash against Senegal in Daegu and the match against World Cup holders France in Incheon on June 11.

Olsen said that he believed that FIFA had "given unreasonable advantages to their three group rivals."

"Business has won ahead of sport," said Olsen.

"The only thing I ask is that all the teams be treated equally and play under the same conditions.

"Apparently France is the most lucrative country concerning television," he added.
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