‘As bad as Wales. That’s not even a real country’: Dutch mag takes snarky swipe
A Dutch football magazine has taken an extraordinary swipe at the Wales football team in a snarky editorial.
Wales was in the line of fire from Voetbal International after the Netherlands were dumped out of Euro 2020 following a 2-0 loss to the Czech Republic.
One of the publication’s writers, Peter Wekking, said the Dutch team was “as bad as Wales” and incorrectly claimed that it isn’t “even a real country.”
He referred to the Welsh team as “hobby kickers”, which means amateurs, and complained about losing to a Czech team that “can’t really play football well at all.”
Railing at the way the Netherlands crashed out of the European Championships, losing to the Czech Republic yesterday, sportswriter Peter Wekking wrote: “With the victories of Max Verstappen and Matthieu van der Poel, it had everything to be a blissful Sunday. It became a black one. The Dutch national team managed the improbable thing: it managed to lose to a Czech team that can’t really play football well at all.
“At the moment that the European Championship with the knockout matches actually only started, the tournament for the Dutch national team was already coming to an end. Eliminated in the eighth finals, just like the hobby kickers from Wales. That is the state of the current Orange. Just as bad as Wales. And that’s not even a real country.”
The football magazine’s inflammatory editorial has already caused some sizeable reaction on social media in Wales, with bemused Welsh fans posting comments such as: “The Dutch are coping well with being knocked out I see” and “Stay classy Netherlands.”
Leon Barton said: “What does‚ hobby kickers‘ even mean?!”
Darren Chetty said: “From failing to qualify in 2016 to matching the 2016 semi-finalists. They’ve come on leaps and bounds.”
Dr Einir Young said: “Says more about them. Nobody likes nasty people.”
Nicholas Williams said: “Being called hobby kickers by a country that is taking defeat really well. They were champions elect on Saturday night”.