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Feyenoord legend Willem van Hanegem has criticised Robin van Persie’s actions directly after Netherlands’ shock Euro 2012 defeat to Denmark.
The Arsenal talisman was seen making a phone call on the pitch immediately after the conclusion of Oranje’s 1-0 reverse in their tournament opener.
Van Persie endured a poor game against a disciplined Denmark side, and looked nowhere near his best.
“What kind of impression does this make?” Van Hanegem wrote in his column in Algemeen Dagblad. “You just lost a very important match where you missed a few very good chances and then the people see you calling on the side of the pitch!
“I really think this is impossible to believe and [Bert] Van Marwijk should talk to him about this.
“I don’t get why he was calling there. It’s something you shouldn’t do and I have never seen this in my life.”
One does have to wonder what was so urgent that Robin Van Persie had to take the phone call literally seconds after his Dutch side had suffered a surprise defeat to Denmark. Clearly if Holland had won then no one would have given a damn whether the Arsenal man was using his phone, hell even if he was calling to order a pizza it wouldn’t even register, however perhaps the former Feyenoord midfielder has a valid point.
Arsenal fans may well read far too much into the possible phone-call but that can not be helped.