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The Council of State in the Netherlands quashed Aliens Affairs Minister Verdonk’s appeal in the Salomon Kalou case Wednesday. Verdonk had appealed the ruling of the Court of Rotterdam, which backed the player in his quest for fast-track naturalisation. Although not completely unexpected, Kalou, Feyenoord and KNVB are delighted with decision, and national coach Marco van Basten has welcomed the news: ‘I am happy for Salomon with this ruling. I look forward to working with him.’
The Council of State’s pronouncement means that the minister will have to look at the facts of the case once more and make a new decision on Kalou’s application for fast-track naturalisation. Now that her position has been rejected on two separate occasions in the courts, Kalou’s chances of getting a position response to his request have improved. The decision of the Council of State is definitive and cannot be appealed.
The Kalou team is unsurprised by the outcome. Following the ruling handed down by the Court at the start of December, the player’s legal counsel did not feel the minister had any real grounds to fight on. The events at the Council of State on 26 January also fuelled hopes that the appeal would be quashed.