Dec 11, 2023 at 5:06 PM Update: 3 minutes ago
Andries Jonker is very disappointed that the Dutch team is playing against world champion Spain in the semi-finals of the Nations League. The national coach speaks of an unfair design of the tournament.
The semi-finals and the final will be played in one match, which means that Spain has home advantage against the Netherlands. 61-year-old Jonker thinks that is unfair.
“I think it’s dramatic from a sporting point of view. It would be fair – if you choose one match – to do it in a neutral country and under neutral conditions. Then it is up to the fans of both countries to go there,” says the national coach.
“Now the advantage lies with Spain and France. I have nothing to do with that. It is crooked, it is unpleasant, it is not nice. But it will not be changed because our little country does not agree with it, or because the national coach of that country frogland does not agree with it.”
‘Countries must make a joint statement’
Jonker believes that the countries involved should file an objection with UEFA. “We must all ensure that UEFA organizes a tournament that is based on fairness as much as possible,” he says.
“As countries, you can make a joint statement: we want things to be different in the future. This must happen in the interests of women’s football. We must accept it now and make the best of it. You can imagine that the situation will change in two year is better and fairer.”
If the Dutch team wins against Spain, they will be assured of participation in the Olympic Games as a Nations League finalist. If they lose, it depends on the result of the other semi-final between France (which, as host country of the Games, already has an Olympic ticket) and Germany.
If France wins, the second available Olympic ticket in the final will go to the winner of the consolation final. If the Netherlands loses to Spain and Germany wins against France, the Dutch can forget about the Games.
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