Frenkie de Jong is not satisfied with the result of the Dutch national team against Poland (2-2). The Barcelona midfielder particularly stood out in the Nations League match with a fierce complaint against referee Halil Umut Meler, who, according to De Jong, whistled ‘blurred’. Rafael van der Vaart gives De Jong the ‘fatherly advice’ to protest less at the arbitration, after which the international defends his behavior. “I can certainly do less, but now and then I think it is good to put pressure on the referee,” De Jong said. NOS†
“Sometimes it is not so bad to fan the fire a bit, to put pressure on the referee, because in the end he still gives us a penalty, when in doubt”, De Jong refers to Matthy Cash’s hand moment in the very last minute. The Orange received a penalty kick, which was hit on the post by Memphis Depay. “I think it does help,” says De Jong about his protests. “People are often negative about that, but I don’t see a problem with that. Of course it is with a goal, everything you do is with a goal. Sometimes it is certainly out of frustration, you know,” he confesses.
Van der Vaart then speaks from another studio. “I have more of a fatherly advice than a question: you know how much of a fan I am, but that shit against that referee takes you out of your game,” said the 109-time international. “You were shadowed very well today, Poland just had it very well. Your own irritation goes then … you are the first to reach the referee, especially in the second half … John, you are so good, when you you have to worry about the referee… Let go.”
De Jong laughs at Van der Vaart’s words. “Haha, well, my friends and family sometimes say to me: ‘Don’t be so wild with that ref.’ I often go up to him with my arms up, that comes across a bit aggressive. I can certainly do less, but every now and then I think it’s good to put pressure on the referee,” concludes the midfielder.
Already in the first half, De Jong was almost kicked out of the game by Grzegorz Krychowiak, who came in full on his lower leg, but only got yellow. “I did feel that it was full on my ankle, but I have to say: it doesn’t bother me that much. I also felt that right away. I think it’s red, actually, when I see it that way. I thought the referee was a bit blurry anyway today, to be honest I think he didn’t have it today, that could happen of course Whether it was the story of the match? No, I think the referee didn’t necessarily tell the story We’ll come back well, that’s more important to us.”