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Van Bommel slams Robben jeers

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 23 May 2012


Mark van Bommel has criticised Bayern Munich fans after they jeered their own winger Arjen Robben while playing for the Netherlands.

The Dutch national side faced Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday as part of the settlement agreed following the injury sustained by Robben at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The winger incurred the wrath of the home fans after missing a penalty during Bayern’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea at the same stadium on Saturday.

And Robben’s international team-mate Mark van Bommel, himself a former Bayern player, has reacted angrily.

“It’s a disgrace,” he SBS6.

“When you look at what Robben has achieved in his career.

“He led Bayern to the final at Madrid and is so important to the club. Bayern should be really happy to have a player like him.

“Arjen has signed a new three-year contract but if I was him I would think twice about my future. I don’t know what Arjen will do, but I would think about leaving the club if I was him.

“Nobody from the club supports him, I’m the only one that supports him in the press. Mentally he is very strong. Every time something bad happens to him, he comes back stronger.”

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk also disapproved of the Bayern supporters’ actions.

“The reaction of the fans annoyed me,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed, treating your own player like that. It’s a disgrace.”

Goals from Toni Kroos, Nils Petersen and Mario Gomez were enough for Bayern to claim a 3-2 victory, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Luciano Narsingh on target for the Netherlands.

The Netherlands will continue their preparation for Euro 2012 when they face Bulgaria in a friendly on May 26.



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