Japan’s national team have threatened to boycott international friendly matches if their demand for a pay rise is not met.
The Japan Pro-Footballers Association (JPFA) said the players would back down only if they are offered a significant pay rise.
“We have no plans of backing down,” JPFA executive officer Tetsuro Kiyooka was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency.
JPFA lawyers will meet their counterparts in the Japan Football Association on Tuesday to find a way to resolve the crisis.
“We cannot comment as we are leaving the situation in the hands of our lawyers,” the JFA said.