The former Dutch soccer player, Marco Van Basten, who now serves as a sports commentator, had to provide explanations for an unfortunate phrase he delivered during a broadcast of the Fox Sports network, where he works.
The event took place this Saturday, at the end of an interview in German that Dutch journalist Hans Kraay was doing to the team coach Heracles Almelo, the German Frank Wormuth, when the legend ‘tulip’ was heard from the studio saying “Sieg Heil!”, (‘Hail Victoria!’, In English), Nazi proclamation used during World War II.
The phrase was quickly criticized, so Van Basten had to apologize, noting that it was a joke. “I didn’t want to surprise people, I just wanted to make fun of Hans’ German,” he said regarding the linguistic ability of the journalist who conducted the interview. “But I apologize.”
However, the words of Van Basten were more than inappropriate, because they occurred during the same weekend that the Dutch clubs carry out a campaign against racism, in response to the chants that Excelsior Rotterdam player Ahmad Mendes Moreira, received last Sunday.
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— Tijani Goullet AD (@TijaniGoulletAD) November 23, 2019