Monday 13 July 2020

Verstappen: Red Bull need to step up after being outclassed by Mercedes

Verstappen: Red Bull need to step up after being outclassed by Mercedes

Max Verstappen has said his Red Bull team is playing catch-up with Mercedes after finishing third in the second Grand Prix race of the season in Austria. Lewis Hamilton won the race from pole position, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas overhauled Verstappen four laps from the end to claim second spot. Verstappen’s team-mate Alexander Albon was fourth. ‘We were too slow today to really challenge for victory,’ said the Dutchman. ‘I did everything to keep within range of Lewis, but... More >

Short-track skater, 27, dies in France

Dutch short track skater Lara van Ruijven died early on Friday evening, speed skating association KNSB has announced. The 27-year old 500 metre world champion was taken ill while training for the national selection in the French Pyrenees on June 25 and was admitted to a hospital in Perpignan. On the 29th it became clear her immune system had been seriously compromised and Van Ruijen suffered internal bleeding, including on the brain. After being operated on twice she was kept... More >

Verstappen frustrated by Austrian debacle

Max Verstappen’s hopes of a winning start to the Formula One season were dashed when technical failures forced him to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix. Verstappen, twice a winner on the Spielberg circuit, started in second place ahead of world champion Lewis Hamilton, but problems with his Red Bull’s anti-stall mechanism ended his race on lap 11. ‘I should have at least scored a podium finish. I’m gutted, it’s not good, but what can I do?’ he said afterwards.... More >

Arjen Robben signs for home club Groningen

Arjen Robben will wind down his illustrious career in Groningen after he signed a one-year deal with his home town club. The 36-year-old winger spent the last decade at Bayern Munich, winning eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League trophy in 2013, when he scored the winning goal and was named man of the match. Robben’s career has been blighted by a string of injuries which meant he played just 12 games in his final season at Bayern. His contract... More >

New football season to start September 12

The Dutch football association KNVB says it aims to begin the new Eredivisie season on September 12, following the government’s decision to allow training again from July 1, without taking 1.5 metres into account. In addition, stadiums will once again be able to welcome fans – on the condition they are kept separate and do not sing. This means one-third capacity crowds at most locations. ‘We are extremely pleased with the new measures,’ director Eric Gudde said on the KNVB... More >

Gullit and Davids back talk show boycott

Former international footballers Ruud Gullit and Edgar Davids have backed the current squad’s decision to boycott TV talk show Veronica Inside in response to racist comments by regular guest Johan Derksen. The players posted a message on social media last week saying ‘enough is enough’ after Derksen, 71, compared a pro-blackface demonstrator to a Black Lives Matter campaigner and rapper Akwasi. Davids, speaking on NOS’s Studio Sport show, said it was time to draw a line and stop dismissing complaints... More >

Footballers boycott tv show over racism

The Dutch national men’s, women’s and youth football teams have said they will boycott a popular television sports programme because of racist comments made by one of its football pundits. A number of players have published a statement on social media saying they will no longer be interviewed on Veronica Inside because of the comments by Johan Derksen, who likened a Black Lives Matter campaigner and rapper to the blackface character Zwarte Piet. ‘This is way beyond the limit,’ the... More >

Van der Sar: schedule big games for 2021

Ajax’s chief executive Edwin van der Sar has called for matches between the big clubs in next season’s Eredivisie to be delayed until the second half of the season. Under the KNVB’s seven-step ‘Delta plan’ for professional football, unveiled last Friday, matches will be played in empty stadiums up until the winter break. Analysis of games played in Germany’s Bundesliga suggest home advantage is largely cancelled out in the absence of a crowd, which would put clubs who hosted major... More >