(FINNBAY-FTBpro) – London, 24 June 2014. Holland boss Louis van Gaal has slammed football’s governing body, FIFA, claiming that the fixture list favours possible last 16 opponents Brazil. Van Gaal targeted his attacks on a “lack of fair play” over the timings of group games for the host nation.
The Holland boss has been notably enraged that host nation Brazil will play their final group game against Cameroon in Brasilia on Monday, with the match taking place a whole four hours after the Dutch kick off against Chile in Sao Paulo. The loser of Holland’s clash with Chile in Belo Horizonte is set to face Brazil, should the host nation win Group A. Van Gaal believes that Brazil will thus enter their game against Cameroon with the added advantage of knowing their likely last-16 opponents.
In a statement, the fiery Holland boss said, “FIFA, for every match, have this advertisement around fair play. But they play these tricks and it’s not a good thing. It’s not fair play.
“We’re going to focus on a victory against Chile and I don’t think that will be affected by the fact Brazil will play after us. I am just assuming Brazil will do their sporting duty.
“Why on earth are FIFA doing that with the fixtures? That is the question.
“I can well imagine that Brazil doesn’t want to face Holland,” he said. “We have scored a lot of goals. True. And we scored fantastic goals. True as well.”
Adding to this, van Gaal also took the time to highlight two refereeing decisions against his team, while stating that he hopes Gambia official Bakary Gassama does a better job on Monday.
Van Gaal said, “We have conceded penalties that were incorrect on two occasions in my opinion.
“It’s unbelievable what my players have been able to muster.
“Against Spain, Diego Costa simply stepped on the foot of de Vrij [when the Spain striker was awarded a penalty]. The second [a penalty award to Australia] was a ball that bounced on to Janmaat’s hand, which was an ordinary movement. On both times it was a penalty. I’m just hoping this referee will do a better job.”
The Dutch will go into the clash against Chile without three-goal striker and team captain Robin van Persie, who will sit out the game due to suspension having picked up bookings in the two group games so far.
Speaking on the situation, the Dutchman acknowledged his captain’s immense importance to his side, saying, “Van Persie is very important for us. He is not only our top scorer, but our captain. That’s always important. Maybe his substitute can’t replace him but he can give everything to fulfil this task. It is not so easy for him but he can also do the job.
“Against Spain, it was a stupid yellow card, he knows that. But the second was not a yellow card. That is also the consequence of a referee. I can’t control the referees.”
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