Van Persie And Sneijder In Feud

The Dutch pair have embarked on a war of words, stemming from a dispute over a free-kick that came in the Euro 2008 quarter-final against Russia.

Sneijder was the team’s allocated dead-ball taker as he should be as I think Sniejder can put way more quality on the dead ball than Van Persie, consistently. The only other player I can think of who can take free kicks is VN Der Vaart, but Van Persie attempted to wrest the ball from his grasp.

Sniejder, recovering from an injury sustained against Van Persie’s Arsenal, told the Dutch newspaper Het Parool that Van Persie has ‘broken agreements’, and that he wanted a showdown.

Late in the last-eight tie against Russia, the Netherlands were awardedafree-kick, which Van Persie duly took. He missed, but Ruud Van Nistelrooy subsequently scored to take the game to extra time(no surprises there). However, Sneijder has revealed that the Arsenal striker broke team protocol.

Sneijder is quoted thus: “From the first practice game, I’ve been designated as the man who takes free kicks and no one else is supposedto touch