The Netherlands beat Australia 3-2 on Wednesday evening at the World Cup in Brazil with Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side now qualified for the second phase after their 5-1 demolition of Spain followed by a comeback from 1-0 down to 3-2 up against Australia.
However, the victory came at a cost as Manchester United striker Robin van Persie who scored his third goal in two games during the clash will now be suspended for Holland’s last group game against Chile.
The Dutchman received a yellow card following his challenge on Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak – the United forward appeared to catch Jedinak in the fact with his arm as the pair chased a lose ball.
The challenge was met with criticism from ITV commentator Clarke Carlisle, formerly the chairman of Professional Footballer’s Association and ambassador of the Kick It Out campaign for equality.
“I told you to watch that one. He’s got a nasty streak to him.” Clarke Carlisle said of Van Persie on ITV following the challenge just after half time.
Van Persie has been embroiled in similar incidents previously during his time at Arsenal but is not widely considered a ‘dirty’ player – his quality as a footballer is rarely overshadowed by his conduct on the pitch but he has accumulated a total of 6 red cards and 66 yellow cards in his career in Holland and England.