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    Wednesday, 24 March 2021

    Gini Wijnaldum involved in heated exchange at Press conference

    Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was involved in a fiery exchange at the end of the Netherlands national team's press conference yesterday

    That's according to Dutch outlet Voetbal International , who claim that the Reds star took issue with a line of inquiry from one reporter and returned to the conversation even though the official questions had concluded.

    Holland boss Frank De Boer and Wijnaldum had previously spoken about the national side's stance on competing in next year's World Cup finals in Qatar despite issues of human rights violations.

    Wijnaldum had said: “It's a big topic. We all believe we should get there if we qualify. Then we can have a greater impact on change.

    "If we make a plan with other countries to pay attention to it, then that is better. Now it is still difficult to say how we should do that.

    "We have yet to qualify. As the World Cup gets closer, that will become clearer."

    When the press conference ended, Wijnaldum apparently addressed a journalist who asked a question earlier and said: “I've been thinking about the question you asked about racism and Qatar. Do you really understand what you are doing?

    “To compare the racism story with Qatar. You're basically saying that if someone is racist towards a brown person, then you shouldn't stand up for yourself. Because you are going to play football in Qatar… [t]hat is very wrong.

    "Now you are actually saying that if you are treated racially, you are not allowed to stand up for yourself."

    He added: "It cannot be compared. I've been thinking about it and I think it's weird.

    “I actually think you say that if that happens and you do it then you should do it here too. The racism story is very difficult."

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