Football

'Booing Iniesta was out of line'

Holland coach Guus Hiddink hit out at the Amsterdam Arena crowd who jeered Spanish substitute Andres Iniesta whenever he was on the ball.

"If such a world-class player is whistled at, supporters must be ashamed," he said.

Iniesta came on for the last 15 minutes amid howls of derision as Dutch supporters marked him out for the extra-time goal that saw Spain beat Holland in the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

"I had to ask people on my bench why they were doing that. I didn't understand," said Hiddink. "Iniesta is not only a fantastic footballer, but also a great person. I found the reaction to him out of line and shameful." - Reuters.