Breaking news: Spanish players respond to Dutch reviews
The latest news on the European Football Championship:
Some Spanish players were not happy with the criticisms of former Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
Van der Vaart is a commentator for a Dutch TV channel at the European Championship and is said to have criticized Spain for their poor performance in the tournament. Spanish media quoted him as saying the team were “awful” and “only pass the ball from side to side”.
Van der Vaart was a former Real Madrid and Real Betis player. He was part of the Dutch team that lost to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final.
Spain midfielder Koke Resurrección said Van der Vaart “was looking for his moment of glory” and remembers “seeing him in the World Cup final”.
Forward Pablo Sarabia says Van der Vaart “made a mistake” with his comments “especially as a former player”. Sarabia says her only memory of him is from the 2010 World Cup “when things didn’t go well for him”.
Spain face Slovakia in their last Group E game on Wednesday. He needs a win to secure a place in the next round after back-to-back draws against Sweden and Poland.
UEFA refused Munich city council’s request for its stadium to be lit up in rainbow colors for Germany’s final group game against Hungary at the European Championship.
The governing body says it understands the intention behind the proposal but “must decline this request” due to its political context.
Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter’s request on behalf of the council made it clear that it was a protest against a law passed by Hungarian lawmakers last week that bans sharing with minors any content that describes homosexuality or changing sex. sex. The law has been denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination by human rights groups.
UEFA says it believes “discrimination can only be fought in close collaboration with others” and has proposed that Munich illuminate the stadium with the colors of the rainbow on June 28 for Christopher Street Day or between July 3 and 9 for Christopher Street Day week. in the city.
England and the Czech Republic both advanced to the round of 16 of the European Championship a day before their match.
The results in the other groups allowed everyone to secure at least one of the best four third places.
The teams will meet at Wembley Stadium in London with no pressure for advancement but with first place in Group D at stake.
Scotland or Croatia can join them in the round of 16 with a victory. They both have a point in their first two matches and will face each other at Hampden Park in Glasgow.