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DT Exclusive: Robin van Persie’s first interaction with Tim Krul after their disagreement

Brooks Peck
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Robin van Persie (right) antagonizes Tim Krul. (Getty)

Netherlands teammates Robin van Persie and Tim Krul nearly came to blows while playing on opposite sides of Arsenal's 2-1 win over Newcastle on Tuesday. The following is a transcript of their first meeting since that incident at the Dutch team's hotel for Euro 2012.

Krul: Hey Robin.

RVP: Oh, hey...hey there. Tim, right? How are you...doing?

Krul: Fine. How are you?

RVP: Good. I'm good. Everything is...good.

Krul: Glad to hear it.

RVP: Yeah. Definitely. Definitely glad.

Krul: So. They're making us be roommates here.

RVP: Awesome. That is fantastic. I mean, I can feel that, you know, there's a best friends forever type vibe going on here already. It's there. The vibe is there.

Krul: No it's not.

RVP: Oh. Wait. You're not still upset about that thing, are you?

Krul: Yeah, I kind of am.

RVP: No -- no, don't be like that. We're cool. We're totally cool right now! Dutch brothers! We're Dutch brothers! All for one and one for three. Or something like that.

Krul: Were we Dutch brothers when you accused me of time wasting and got in my face and then said "waste time now" after your team scored a late winner on me and then laughed at me?

RVP: Yes?

Krul: No. We weren't.

RVP: Look, Tom-

Krul: Tim.

RVP: I meant Tim. I totally meant Tim -- brothers are like that sometimes. But brothers always know it's going to be copacetic because there's a love there and...uh...I just lost my train of thought. Wait. OK, look, how about I let you punch me. In the -- well, you can flick me -- flick my finger. One time. As hard as you can. But not that hard. Then we'll be even.

Krul: No. But I am ready to move on. I'm just going to take a shower in our bathroom here. And, you know, I tend to waste time when I'm in there so there might not be any hot water left when you take a shower. The entire time we're here. Dutch brothers.

[Krul locks himself in bathroom, turns hot water on]

RVP: What have I done.

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