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Dafne Schippers under fire for insensitive football tweet

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Dafne Schippers is surprisingly under fire from the Dutch public for an insensitive tweet she posted after the Dutch women's national football team won their second game of the Women's Euro 2017 tournament against Denmark. Following the win Schippers tweeted @dafneshippers:

"Congratulations to our national women's football team on their second win at the Women's' Euro. That's two more wins than our men's team managed to achieve in the last two men's Euro's combined."

The tweet was seen by many Dutch Twitter users as being insensitive, unpatriotic and sexist.

One Twitter user had going by the name @ernstvanderstadt responded to Schippers by saying this:

"I honestly can't believe what I am reading. I am so ashamed of you Dafne. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that someone like you who I usually have nothing but respect for and who, up to this time, has represented our country so brilliantly both on and off the track, would say something so insensitive, unpatriotic and sexist. Our men's football team play their heart out whenever they represent their country. Sure they had a bad patch in the 2012 Euros when they finished in the cellar position in their group and in the 2016 qualifiers when they failed to make it to France last year, but that is by no means a reason to degrade and make fun of them like that."

Another user going by the name @jongdekuipp said:

"And just imagine such a comment is coming from a woman who cried like a spoiled brat when she finished second in the 200M at the Olympics last year because she thought that she was "destined to win the gold" and had the audacity to slam her running shoes in anger on the track after finishing second in the race. BTW, weren't you the same woman who had to beg the officials to be reinstated into the race at the Bislett Games last month after initially being disqualified for false starting?"

Schippers has since deleted the tweet.

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