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KNVB refuse to engage in apparent feud

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:11

Marco van Basten
Marco van Basten

KNVB chairman Henk Kesler has declared that Dutch football's governing body will not get involved in the apparent feud between Netherlands coach Marco van Basten and players Mark van Bommel and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The duo rejected call-ups to the national team ahead of the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Albania after public spats with Van Basten.

However, Kesler has said any problems between the coach and his players must be sorted out within the squad and not by the intervention of the KNVB.

'If we start getting involved in team matters then there will be no end,' Kesler told De Telegraaf.

'There have been enough talks between all of the parties involved and everyone has made their own decision.

'We must not act as if the future of Dutch football depends on those two gentlemen.

'The past three internationals have all been won without them, so things haven't really changed.

'I can imagine that Van Nistelrooy and Van Bommel feel disappointed, maybe unappreciated or unrecognised, but that's part of sport at the top level.'

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