Thibaut Courtois brutally mocked over his extraordinary UEFA rant – ‘Stop whining!’
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Thibaut Courtois has been told to quit whining by Rafael van der Vaart after launching an astonishing attack on UEFA. The Real Madrid goalkeeper was furious after Belgium’s defeat to Italy in the Nations League third-place playoff.
Belgium keeper Courtois has been savagely mocked after his UEFA rant at the weekend.
The Real Madrid star insisted that they could not care less about the welfare of players after forcing a third-place playoff in the Nations League.
Italy beat Belgium 2-1 after goals from Nicolo Barella and Domenico Berardi but Courtois was fuming afterwards.
“This game is just a money game,” he said. “We have to be honest about it. We just play it because for UEFA it’s extra money and it’s an extra game on TV.
“OK, for us it’s a good game because it’s against Italy and for Italy it’s a good game because it’s against Belgium, but look how much both teams changed their players – if we had both been in the final there would have been others playing.
“This just shows that we play too many games. Next year we have a World Cup in November, we maybe have to play until the latter stages of June again.
“We will get injured and nobody cares about the players anymore.
“After a long season we will have to play four games in the Nations League again, we will have two weeks holiday and that’s not enough for players to be able to continue playing 12 months at the highest level.”
But the former Chelsea star has been brought back down to earth by ex-Real Madrid star Van der Vaart.
The Dutchman insisted Courtois is just whining and eluded to the vast amount of holiday players have had.
“I think it’s silly,” the former midfielder told Dutch TV channel Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS).
“You then have six months of vacation. You only play football, a club pays you a lot of money… of course the match schedule is very busy, but we have all been through that.
“Competitions are the most fun there is. They are whining.”
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