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Holland coach Van Marwijk hits out at Bayern Munich
Published on:Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 00:59
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk lashed out at Bayern Munich on Friday over what he regards as insinuations by the German club that Arjen Robben's groin problem was aggravated while training for Holland.
"If it's up to me, we won't play Bayern anymore," Van Marwijk said on Friday, referring to a friendly match scheduled for May.
Arjen Robben, who had only just returned from a five-week injury lay-off, left the Holland training camp on Wednesday with what appeared to be the aftereffects of a groin inflammation that had kept him out of action since August.
Mr Van Marwijk stressed that it was the Dutch FA's medical staff who suspected groin hernia and told the player to see a specialist for further examination. When the suspicions were confirmed, the FA informed Robben's club Bayern Munich and sent the player to Germany, where he had surgery earlier on Friday.
A statement issued later by Bayern suggested that Robben's initial groin inflammation developed into the groin hernia during the Holland training sessions.
But the Holland coach stressed that he had exercised caution with Robben. The player had done only twenty minutes of jogging twice since he joined the Holland squad on Monday to prepare for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Moldova.
"I've had it with Bayern," Van Marwijk told the media after his team's 1-0 victory over Moldova. "As far as I'm concerned, we don't play them in May."
Last year, a row erupted between the German club and Dutch FA over the treatment of injuries suffered by Arjen Robben and captain Mark van Bommel before and during the 2010 World Cup. The row was eventually settled with a promise to clear the air with a friendly to be held in Germany.