ROBIN VAN PERSIE SENT HOME

Robin van Persie has been sent home by Bert van Marwijk. The 18-year-old striker was told of the coach’s decision on the back of the youngster’s poor conduct before, during and after Feyenoord’s oh-so successful Champions League performance against Fenerbahçe. Van Persie departed Istanbul airport for southern France with the squad, but plane-hopped at Nice onto a homebound flight. The youngster will hook up with the youth team for the duration.

Van Marwijk felt Van Persie overstepped the mark once too often and was sowing discord in the squad with his indifferent and negative behaviour. 'It is a measure born of exasperation,’ manager Jan D. Swart explained. 'Van Marwijk wants Robin to realise that he is in another world now. There have been a great many discussions with Robin these past weeks, not just with the coach. He has been alerted constantly – good-humouredly, in a fatherly tone and severely – to the fact that he has to work as part of a group and not as a loner outside it. We have asked him over and over again: Have you got the message? He’d say yes, but two days later there was a black cloud following him around. It’s time for him to think things over.'
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