Wesley Sneijder.

Wesley Sneijder tweets apology after his reaction to red card for Al-Gharafa

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Wesley Sneijder was one of the finest playmakers in world football during his time with Inter Milan.

The Dutchman was the catalyst behind their treble-winning season in 2010 and guided Holland to the World Cup final that very same year.

Many still think Sneijder was deserving of the Ballon d'Or in 2010, which was awarded to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

Sneijder left Inter in 2012, spending five years with Galatasaray, before a short spell in Nice for the 2017/18 season - he made just five appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

He's now in the Qatar Stars League with Al-Gharafa, where he has scored 14 times in just 18 appearances.

The Dutchman was actually on target twice in Al-Gharafa's last game against Qatar SC, but was then controversially sent off in the 91st minute.

He picked up a straight red-card for a foul on Qatar SC goalkeeper Jassim Al Hail after missing a chance of his hat-trick.

You can watch the incident below my going to 4:08.


And Sneijder was picked up on camera afterwards saying: "This is the last game I play in Qatar!"


The lack of fans in the stadium certainly makes it a lot easier to hear the 34-year-old.

When the clip done the rounds on social media, Sneijder quickly tweeted an apology from his official account.


Sneijder wrote: "While playing a football match I reacted in the heat of the moment to a red card I did not deserve. However, to counter any false media speculations: I enjoy living and playing football in Qatar!"

Well, at least he's apologised.

Sneijder is just one of many European stars have who have decided to make the move to Qatar to see out the end of their careers.

Sneijder with Holland vs Peru

Former Barcelona stars Xavi Hernandez and Samuel Eto'o are both there, with the former really excelling with Al Sadd.

Wesley Sneijder
Inter Milan

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