Feyenoord cheat spoils victory

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Did anyone see the ridiculous behaviour of Feyenoord midfielder Steven Berghuis when he fell over as if shot when Utrecht’s Willem Janssen gently touched his head in what was clearly a friendly gesture in Sunday’s game?

Berghuis produced a moment where he set himself up to be ridiculed for the rest of his career, and rightly so, as he fell to the ground holding his head in apparent agony.

The touch may have surprised him, but that doesn’t excuse his subsequent behaviour where he held his head briefly with his right-hand, and then for some inexplicable reason decided to fall to his knees holding his head with both hands and then lie in pain on the floor.

It was clear that he was trying to get his opponent sent off and that is cheating. Is this acceptable now in the modern football world, where a so called professional would try to damage the livelihood of a colleague? The video is really embarrassing and will now follow Berghuis around for the rest of his career, a low moment indeed.

Unfortunately, it seems the cheat won through as Feyenoord went on to win 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Robin van Persie, but what does this say about the Eredivisie when a player can feel happy to try to get someone sent off?

Twitter was quick to condemn and ridicule his actions and rightly so.

What is the Eredivisie going to do about this?

Should the KNVB take action?

Will Feyenoord punish the absurd behaviour of Berghuis?

Have standards of sportsmanship fallen so low that the win at all cost’s mentality makes some players behave like this?

As an FC Utrecht supporter what do you think?

What do Rotterdammers think about the cheat in their midst?

Let us know.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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