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Blatter and Dutch condemn dirty World Cup final

Published on 12 July 2010 - 7:44pm
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Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, international football’s governing body, says the behaviour of the players marred the World Cup final in which Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0. Referee Howard Webb handed out 14 yellow cards on Sunday, nine of them to members of the Dutch team.

Mr Blatter told reporters that, as far as fair play went, the final was not what FIFA had expected. Responding to criticism of some of the referee’s decisions, he said that neither team made Mr Webb’s job any easier. He defended the absence of technology in refereeing, saying it ensured the game retained a human aspect.

Meanwhile, a survey indicates that 55 percent of the Dutch believe Spain was the better team during the final. A further 54 percent of those questioned feel their national squad were guilty of too many fouls on the pitch. However, 94 percent of the Dutch are proud of the national team’s overall achievement despite their final defeat.

 

 

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Discussion

MissSpurs 14 July 2010 - 2:35pm / England

I thought the way the dutch approached the game was absolutely terrible! It is even more laughable to read comments after the game in English newspapers from players such Robben, DeJong, Van Bommel and Snejider saying that the ref affected the game and that he was to blame for the loss. It beggars belief that these same four players were still on the pitch at the end of the match. If anything Spain have the right to feel aggrieved that Holland weren't down to 8 men by half time. Reality check to the Dutch team! Did you watch the match back? If so, you should hang you heads in shame and admit that the way in which you conducted yourselves throughout the 120 mins was disgraceful! I however don't think you have as you are still talking rubbish and blaming everyone else but yourselves. How sporting of you...

Anonymous 14 July 2010 - 9:37am / south africa

i am very proud of my country to hold such a fantastic world cup, only to be spoilt by that disgusting final match. the dutch team have spoilt a marvellous event with that thuggish display. Van Bommel and de Jong should be banned. unacceptable!!!

MissSpurs 14 July 2010 - 3:19pm / England

I am sorry but even as a neutral watching the match I have to disagree with this article. I find it laughable to read comments after the game in English newspapers from players such Robben, DeJong, Van Bommel and Sneijder saying that the ref affected the game and that he was to blame for the loss. It beggars belief that these same four players were still on the pitch at the end of the match. If anything Spain have the right to feel aggrieved that Holland weren't down to 8 men by half time. Reality check to the Dutch team! Did you watch the match back? If so, you should hang you heads in shame and admit that the way in which you conducted yourselves throughout the 120 mins was disgraceful! I however don't think you have as you are still talking rubbish and blaming everyone else but yourselves. Lets not be so quick to congratulate Robben either just because for once in his career he actually stayed on his feet when he could have gone down. I am not a fan of Howard Webb but I think he did his best to keep the game flowing. Maybe he should have taken charge earlier in the first half but you can bet that the Dutch would have been the first to complain had they rightfully been down to 8 men by half time. Stop whinging Holland and admit the best team won and that you only have yourselves to blame for such a woeful performance!

Peter Becker 13 July 2010 - 11:58am / Germany

Not only violence, but also unsportsmanlike. After Spain threw the ball out for assistance to one of their player, the Dutch returned it with a tricky shot to the goal.
Short time after they used a similar trick by returning the ball far away from where they should have and close to the goal. And to make matters worse they go up to put pressure on the throw-in. What a shame!!

Anonymous 13 July 2010 - 3:42am

That was a same for the Dutchs and the football . Van Boomel and De jong should never play again football in any oficial competition . A big shame , that is what it was the karate kick to the spanish player ...

Jim O'Neill 13 July 2010 - 1:51am / Ireland

After reading the totally unrealistic comments in English newspapers about what the Dutch had to say about the final against Spain I decided to see what you were actually saying in your own media. Thank goodness I did. As an Irish neutral this article and the comments puts things into proper perspective and relates to what I saw of the game. As a lifelong admirer of the Dutch team (and of Wesley Sneijder in the Champions League) I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My disbelief turned into total amazement when I read that the ref was being blamed for the defeat. I had come to the conclusion that thuggery would be a good word to use when describing your team. Yes he did miss the corner award but other missed awards (De Jongs foul for instance) might have turned the game as well. If anything it was the Spanish who had a case against the referee. Besides, Mr. Robben
did have two excellent chances to bury the game.
I must not judge a team on one outing and forget the glorious past. I’m just hoping that this is a one off aberration for Holland and that you will go back to playing the way for which you’re famous. As Hans said, you lost a lot of goodwill on Sunday.

Theo kleanthous 12 July 2010 - 10:57pm

People talk of the 1970 Brasil team. I remember the 1974 & 78 dutch teams, as the standard for football. I wished you to win against Spain, to honour your heritage and correct the injustice of those losses and the wonderful football they played.

By half time, I was hoping you would lose and realised the tactics of this 2010 team had lost the honour to correct the 74 and 78 losses. In England we have realised the buffonery and selfishness of our overated "stars". I think in Holland, you are intimidated by the great 1970s teams, yet you clearly have players who can play wonderful football, if they want to. Instead, this team will match the reputation of the worst South American thugs.

Hans Jensen 12 July 2010 - 9:31pm / Hellerup, Denmark

The dutch team was a disgrace. In the semifinals it took 15 minutes to the first free kick. In the finals dutch players made 3 brutal attacks in the first 1½ minute. De Jong and van Bommeln should not be allowed to enter a football field for very long time, they are beyond reach. de Jong's karate kick would have sent him 6 months behind bars anywhere else, and the referee should have given him instant red.

If the dutch coach felt that the dutch team couldn't play up to the spanish teams combinations, it is part of the game to try to break it. That's normal tactics, if you can't make the game, it is not so difficult to destroy the other teams games, and live off loose chances, man matches have been won that way.

It is, however, not OK to use extreme violence in order to succeed using that tactics. Agree, as the game developed spanish players sometimes took part in the dutch initiated bar brawls. The difference is that the spanish team enter the field to play ball, the dutch team clearly didn't. It would have been a disaster if the game had ended in a 50/50 penalty contest, which the Netherlands could have won.
It was pathetic to see the dutch players protesting to the referee, again using non-verbal arguments, after the game had ended. The dutch players should have cast themselves flat before the referee, thanking him that they ended the game with 10 players, and not 8 or 7.

Dutch soccer have a huge task coming, in order again to build up credibility, and that can only be done by not using types as can van Bommel, de Jong and Robben. Dutch soccer lost a lot of goodwill in 1½ hours yesterday. Disgraceful.

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