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Van Hooijdonk-Van Persie Fued Reminds Us Of One Of The Great Obnoxious Footballer Quotes

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Robin Van Persie has endured a rough time of late, what with his disastrous own goal at home to the Czech Republic and his underwhelming move to Fenerbache.

Now, he has to contend with being called 'an arsehole' on Dutch television by Pierre Van Hooijdonk.

Some background to this escalating fued. It all started when Van Hooijdonk said that Louis Van Gaal should drop Van Persie at the World Cup.

After his move to Turkey, Van Persie retaliated to further critiques by saying that Van Hooijdonk 'should stick to playing golf'. That was the comment to which Van Hooijdonk has taken umbrage. He issued a retort on Dutch television.

I don’t know what his problem is. It says more about him than about me, but I did think for a second: ‘You arsehole'

I may have been too soft on him, so people could not say I wanted to take revenge on him when I reacted back then.

Obviously he has more problems with me than I with him.



This doesn't look very good for Robin Van Persie.

For when it comes to matters of 'arseholery', Mr. Van Hooijjdonk knows where of he speaks.


Nottingham Forest fans have long regarded Pierre Van Hooijdonk a special authority on 'arseholery'. It was there that Pierre went on strike because Forest hadn't done enough in the transfer market in the summer of 1998.

And the men running the show at Celtic might regard Van Hooijdonk as well qualified to speak on 'arseholery'. It was at Celtic that, according to radio presenter Danny Kelly, Van Hooijdonk delivered himself of one of his most legendary arsehole-ish quotes when objecting to the frankly offensive wages which he was being paid.

The £7000 a week I earn may be good enough for a homeless person, but not for an International striker.

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