Friday 15 December 2017

Van Persie supports Fer in fan abuse case


Holland internationals Leroy Fer and Robin van Persie have commended Dutch authorities for fining three people for posting discriminatory comments online.

QPR midfielder Fer was subject to abuse on social media after posting a "selfie" with several Dutch team-mates on November 14 - two days before the Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia, which Holland won 6-0.

The Openbaar Ministerie, Holland's office of public prosecutions, yesterday confirmed three individuals had been fined 3360 (£259) in connection with the case.

The fine was revealed in an OM statement, which added: "Employees of OM Amsterdam who specialise in criminal prosecution of discrimination rated the three reactions of the suspects as 'criminal statements'."

Fer said: "I am pleased with the action of the OM. It is a clear signal to everyone that these kind of hurtful things simply can not exist. Not inside nor outside the lines."

Manchester United striker Van Persie echoed his international team-mate's sentiments, adding: "As I also said after our last game against Latvia, we represent all the Dutch national team and colour makes no difference."

Fer is currently sidelined for QPR with a knee injury, with the club fighting to survive in the Barclays Premier League.

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