Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"I've been turned down, I've been pushed round..."

Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz could for given for feeling a little left out - all because he's been left in.
When playing for RKC Waalwijk, then-boss Martin Jol (who he?) condemned his fitness levels as "equal to a policeman's". Cutting.
Now, having fought his way back from this hurt and toned himself up, he found himself playing for Holland in the World Cup tonight.
Except, of nine players on both sides to have already picked up a yellow card, and facing suspension if booked again tonight, he was the only one not given the evening off.
A rather harsh little message seemed loud and clear.
Robben, Van Bommel, Van Bronckhorst, Mathijsen and Heitinga in one dug-out, Heinze, Saviola and Crespo in the other - each and every one, too important to risk.
Khalid Boulahrouz - hmm, not so much...

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