Medvedev offers Russian nationality to Dutch coach

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Russian President has offered Russian nationality to the country's Dutch football coach should he fear going back home to the Netherlands.

23 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has offered Russian nationality to the country's Dutch football coach Guus Hiddink, should he fear going home.

On Saturday, Russia beat the Netherlands 3-1 in the quarterfinals of the European Championships in the Swiss town of Basel. Medvedev congratulated Guus Hiddink on his victory, but said he wondered if it would still be safe for him to show his face in the Netherlands.

After the match, police in Delft mounted charges against hundreds of unruly fans, some throwing stones. Eighteen arrests were made. In the southern town of Bergen op Zoom, 23 people were arrested.

The Dutch players and staff arrived at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Sunday evening. Supporters were not be given the opportunity to greet the players, who went straight home.

The game was watched by 7.5 million people, the highest number of people to watch the Netherlands team in these championships.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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