LONDON - Denmark forfeited its Davis Cup matches against Algeria after refusing to play in the African nation for security reasons.
The International Tennis Federation said Friday it will consider penalties at an April 13 meeting in London. The Danes could be fined and banned from next year’s Davis Cup.
The first-round Euro-African Zone Group 2 matches had been scheduled for Algiers on April 9-11. The Danish Tennis Federation had requested a switch to a neutral venue.
Niels Persson, manager of the Danish federation, cited warnings by Denmark’s Foreign Ministry against all unnecessary travel to Algeria.
“Denmark is not a big country but we took part in the Iraq war with the United States and Britain,” Persson said. “We don’t think anything will happen, but we have no excuses if something happens, if someone gets injured.”
Denmark has 410 troops in southern Iraq.
The ITF said Algeria advances to the second round on July 16-18. It will face the winner of the April 9-11 matches between Slovenia and Poland.
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