Dutch distress as daughter of Dutch defender Boulahrouz dies
Defender Khalid Boulahrouz and wife face a great loss as their prematurely born daughter died on Wednesday.19 June 2008
SWITZERLAND - The prematurely born daughter of Netherlands defender Khalid Boulahrouz has died, the Dutch football federation KNVB said on Thursday.
It was not known immediately whether Boulahrouz will continue playing at Euro 2008 - where the Dutch were scheduled to play a quarter-final against Russia on Saturday in Basle, Switzerland.
"Players and the staff of the Dutch team are upset by the death of Anissa, the daughter of Khalid Boulahrouz and his wife Sabia, who was born prematurely yesterday (Wednesday)," the KNVB said in a short statement.
Boulahrouz left Dutch training when his wife was hospitalised on Wednesday with pregnancy complications. She had been at the Euro tournament in Switzerland and Austria with the girlfriends and wives of other Dutch players.
Boulahrouz was a late call-up into Marco van Basten's team, but was a starter in all group stage games against Italy (3-0 win), France (4-1) and Romania (2-0).