Robin van Persie blasted by Netherlands teammates for selfishness

Van Persie took a shot from a tight angle. (©GettyImages)

Robin van Persie has rejected the chance to apologise to annoyed team-mates after he was criticised for taking a shot from a narrow angle while Holland were 1-0 down to Kazakhstan.

The Manchester United striker was blasted by his peers for deciding to shoot from a narrow angle, ignoring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who would have been left with a tap in to equalise.

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Renat Abdulin's first-half header for Kazakhstan had threatened to shock the Netherlands before Huntelaar, Ibrahim Afellay and Van Persie scored to seal a 3-1 win. However, tensions between two of the goal scorers had already boiled over.

Huntelaar was visibly angry with Van Persie after the £200,000-a-week star decided to shoot from a speculative position. Disaster was eventually averted, and Van Persie has no regrets.

Exaggerated response

Van Persie told NOS: "In that position I was right to shoot. The reaction from Huntelaar was a bit exaggerated. Anyway, it's normal. He wants to score and that's what we all want."

However, Huntelaar was not willing to forgive and forget, despite the fact he eventually got his goal.

The Schalke striker is quoted in the same report: "If that ball had come to me, I could have ran it in to the goal. I was focussed on that chance and wanted to score as soon as possible. 

"If you must have the ball, you might get upset sometimes. That happens in a game. But we've won. That's most important."


For Netherlands legend Mark van Bommel, who, like Van Persie, was once captain of the Oranje, the responsibility is with Van Persie to iron out the issue in the dressing room.

He added: "Van Persie is the captain, he should solve these problems in the dressing room.

"It's not good what Robin does but we must not exaggerate. From that corner, Van Persie should just shoot on target."

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