The Royal Dutch Football Association, more commonly known by the Dutch acronym KNVB is considering withdrawing the national team from the World Cup qualifiers and potentially missing out on a place in Russia 2018 after a stuttering start to it's qualifying campaign.
After their failure to make it to the Euros this year, the Dutch were looking to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers for some form of redemption and after earning a crucial point in their first encounter away to the Swedes and getting the better of Belarus 4-1 in their second game, a 1-0 home loss to the French on Monday have left the three-time World Cup runners-up in third place in Group A with a bit of work to do as they try to avoid the embarrassment of missing out on a second consecutive major tournament following the Euro 2016 qualifying debacle.
In an interview with De Telegraaf today - one day after the Oranje went under to the French 0-1 at the Amsterdam Arena, Dutch coach Danny Blind had this to say:
"I spoke to the KNVB President Mr. van Praag and he said that if we don't get full points from an emphatic win in our next encounter away to Luxembourg on November 13th, we will have no other choice but to withdraw from the World Cup qualifiers, start rebuilding a new team that can actually compete and face whatever penalties FIFA decides to impose on us. If that is the price we have to pay for wanting the best out of our players, then so be it."
He did have some mighty harsh words for the team though as he continued:
"I am being as frank as can be, this has to be the worst Dutch team ever. The players showed no commitment on the pitch, no heart, no zeal, nothing. We have gone from Total Football in the 1970's to Total Garbage in this current time. Its hard to believe that we finished third at the World Cup only two years ago."
It was Mr. Blind's last comments though which have triggered a Facebook firestorm from many angry Dutch women who have since called for his immediate resignation for making sexist remarks. He concluded the interview by saying:
"Just imagine in this day and age in a country with a proud footballing tradition, our best athletes are a female track star and a female hockey team."