Hiddink berates 'shameless' Holland fans for whistling Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta Spain

The Holland manager berated his own fans and defended Andres Iniesta after the Barcelona star was whistled for scoring the 2010 World Cup winning goal.

Holland beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly at Amsterdam ArenA, but manager Guus Hiddink was embarrassed by his fans' behaviour after several sections whistled and booed Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta for scoring the game-winning goal in the 2010 World Cup against Holland.

In his post-match press conference, reported by AS, Hiddink immediately addressed the provocations and adamantly defended the Barcelona star while bemoaning the 'shameful' behaviour of the group of fans.

"At first I didn't notice, but then I realised they were whistling at Iniesta and I was disgusted," Hiddink said.  

"Those who did it are shameless because they are whistling at someone who is a great person, a great athlete and a great footballer, in that order.

"If anyone thinks that he stole the World Cup from Holland they are being petty. Spain beat us with Iniesta's goal, and he did his job, just like Van Persie and Robben in Brazil. I don't agree with the whistles nor do I understand nor approve of them."

Iniesta scored the game-winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against Holland in South Africa, where he earned legendary status in Spain and continues to be praised for his amazing effort and his touching celebration after the goal, where he paid homage to his friend, former Espanyol captain Dani Jarque.

Spain, on this evening, were looking to get revenge for their 2014 World Cup loss to Holland but we're unable to get the win as they continue to transition from legendary, unbeatable team to a team infused with youth and veterans.

In conclusion, Hiddink also praised Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque, as the two have been friends for decades.

"I greeted Del Bosque because we've been friends for many years and were teammates at Real Madrid. I'm thrilled for his coaching successes."

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