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Ugly and vulgar

Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff has lambasted The Netherlands for their aggressive, defensive style of play, calling them ‘anti-football’ and ‘ugly’. Ouch. The Dutch have drawn opprobrium from certain quarters for the way in which they try to stifle Spain in the World Cup final, and the king of their best ever team has let them know just what he thinks of them.

‘Regrettably, sadly, they played very dirty,’ said Cruyff. ‘So much so that they should have been down to nine immediately, then they made two ugly and hard tackles that even I felt the damage.

‘This ugly, vulgar, hard, hermetic, hardly eye-catching, hardly football style, yes it served the Dutch to unsettle Spain. If with this they got satisfaction, fine, but they ended up losing. They were playing anti-football.’

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