The Court of Rotterdam today upheld the appeal of Salomon Kalou. The court feels that Minister Verdonk of Alien Affairs and Integration based her refusal on incorrect arguments. That means that the minister’s 29 September decision has been set aside and that she will now have to take a new decision on the player’s application for fast-track citizenship within six months.

Although Salomon Kalou, Feyenoord and the Dutch football association KNVB always expected a positive ruling, the parties are delighted by the court’s decision. They now anticipate that the green light will be given for the issuance of a Dutch passport to Salomon Kalou.

The minister could now take the case to the Council of State or simply reject the application again, citing different grounds. Given the decision of the court and the advice received by the minister in this matter, it is highly unlikely that she will opt to take the matter further however.

Salomon Kalou himself feels that the minister is unlikely to withhold his passport for much longer, but the player is prepared to continue his legal action if she does.

National coach Marco van Basten was pleased with the ruling. 'I am happy for Salomon that his wish to play for the Dutch national team can be fulfilled. I hope that I can have him in the squad at the beginning of March when we play our next friendly. In that case Salomon will also be able to prepare optimally for the World Cup.’

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