12 Jul 2010

Dutch blame the referee but admit Spain were deserved winners

6:15 pm on 12 July 2010

Football world cup runners up, the Netherlands are blaming the referee, although Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk admits Spain were deserved one nil winners.

The match was marred by constant foul play with English referee Howard Webb dishing out 13 yellow cards and one red.

Van Marwijk says the Webb didn't control the game well and says while both sides committed fouls the best team won.

The Dutch defender John Heitinga was sent off for a second yellow in the second half of extra time.

Neither team has won the World Cup before though the Dutch were playing in their third final.

The European champions Spain become just the second team since West Germany in 1974 to win the World Cup while holding the European title.