13 Jul 2010

Dutch football legend lambasts current players

6:30 am on 13 July 2010

The former Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff has slammed the style of play of his compatriots during yesterday's football World Cup final against Spain as dirty and ugly.

Cruyff, a losing finalist at the 1974 World Cup says the Dutch showed themselves to be particularly aggressive on the pitch and played appallingly and sadly in a very dirty manner.

The former Ajax and Barcelona player lamented the style as ugly, vulgar, hard, impenetrable, adding that Spain deserved to win even if they played in a more individual than collective fashion.

Cruyff also had harsh words for English referee Howard Webb, whom he says should have sent off two Dutch players, before giving defender John Heitinga his marching orders at the end of extra time in the 1-nil defeat.

Cruyff had expressed his admiration for the Dutch team on the eve of the World Cup final.

He had hailed the remarkable work achieved by coach Bert van Marwijk, praising him for succeeding in building such a strong team.