CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The Dutch are bickering in public again, like a Clockwork Orange, threatening to undermine the Netherlands’ cause heading into Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal against Brazil. Coach Bert van Marwijk had gotten Holland’s stars on the same page for once, and the team harmony showed in three first-round wins. But controversy has come calling again after forward Robin van Persie complained after he was substituted instead of Wesley Sneijder in Monday’s game against Slovakia – even though Sneijder went on to score the insurance goal that allowed the Netherlands to advance, 2-1. The acrimony between the two Dutch stars goes back to Euro 2008, when Sneijder felt van Persie took a free kick that should have been his. That left it to van Marwijk to reunite the Netherlands for the task of battling the five-time World Cup champions. “I will never accept anything that could upset the next match,” van Marwijk told Dutch broadcaster NOS. “I spoke to Robin and he is supposed to have said something about Wesley. I’ve spoken to Wesley and after that I called the team together … told them what I think and then drew a line under it. “I’ve always… Read full this story
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