UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
4 September 2010
Spanish craving for success has not yet been stilled.
They are World- and European Champions, but there is
no mention of a siesta, as became clear when they beat
Liechtenstein 0-4 on Friday. "We want to win more
prizes, starting with Euro 2012. In football there are
always new challenges," says Xabi Alonso, midfielder
of Real Madrid.
In an interview with Dutch daily
Algemeen Dagblad Alonso says he has no hard feeling
towards Holland because of the rock hard final of the
World Cup in Johannesburg. "The final sadly wasn't
a good one, it was a hard one. But why all the fuzz?
Come on, this was about the biggest prize, then a little
more is allowed and one might give a little more than
100%. It's up to the referee to set the boundaries."
British referee Harold Webb didn't
really do that. In hindsight he said he should have
given Nigel de Jong a red card for his kung fu-kick
that struck Xabi Alonso in the chest. But the Spaniard
says to hold no hard feelings against De Jong. "Nigel
excused himself straight after the game. I accepted
it. Forget it. The whole incident is forgiven, as far
as I am concerned,"Alonso says.
"My chest hurt for a week
or so, but the traces are gone, there's no footprints
on my chest anymore. There's no permanent damage, not
to my body and certainly not in my head."
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