Football

Fifa: Holland not thrown out of hotel

Fifa has denied that World Cup 
semi-finalists Holland were thrown out of their team hotel to make way for dignitaries and sponsors.

"The situation is not... that we're throwing them out of the hotel," Fifa spokesman Delia Fischer said this morning (Singapore time).

"It was a decision in which they defined the date when they will end their team base camp."

The Dutch travelled to Sao Paulo yesterday, a day earlier than expected, for Thursday morning's match against Argentina.

They will stay in a Fifa-designated hotel if they qualify for the final in Rio de Janeiro, Fischer added.

Dutch Federation president Bert van Oostveen said: "It's just a shame that this should happen.

"I think it is not in the interests of football that athletes must give way."

- Reuters.

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