The Italian media is dominated by comparisons with Euro 2004, but Thomas Helveg insists that Denmark-Sweden “was a fair game.”
However, those who played in that game are offended by the suggestion their 2-2 result was ‘agreed’ between the teams.
“It was a fair game,” former Danish international Helveg told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We wanted to eliminate Sweden at all costs, as there are centuries of rivalry between us. I do understand there were suspicions in Italy, but nothing unfair happened.
“Can you imagine the pressure that I, Martin Jorgensen and Jon-Dahl Tommason were under? We played our club football in Italy and wanted Denmark to qualify, but were also aware of the controversy we’d come back to if there was a draw.
“We felt as if we were on trial.”
Giovanni Trapattoni was on the Italy bench in Euro 2004 and only this week complained there had not been a UEFA investigation into the Denmark-Sweden match.