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Louis van Gaal has for the first time spoken out against the World Cup in Qatar in his position as Dutch coach.
The former Ajax and Manchester United coach is known for saying his opinion and clarifying the strength of his feelings around this year’s prestigious competition.
During a press conference on Monday prior to a friendly match against Denmark, the 70-year-old called it “ridiculous” that the tournament will be held in Qatar in November.
“I am a member of a committee [KNVB Secretary-General] Gijs de Jong. We will meet and then I will hear what has been agreed with other countries, ”he said. ‘Then I hear what we can do and I give my comments.
“I’m on it every month. I’ve already mentioned it at previous press conferences. I think it’s ridiculous that the World Cup is there.”
While Van Gaal’s position at the World Cup in Qatar has been publicly known, he has not commented on it since taking over as Dutch national coach in August last year.
“We play in a country where FIFA says they want to develop football there,” he added. “It’s bull..t, but it does not matter. It’s about money, about commercial interests. That means something in FIFA.
“Why do you think I’m not on a committee at FIFA or UEFA with my expertise? Because I’ve always been against that kind of organization. I can say that in Qatar later, but it does not help the world get rid of this problem. . “
Oranje meets Denmark in Amsterdam on Saturday, before they also host Germany on Tuesday.