Romanian journalists banned from World Cup qualifier for comparing Louis van Gaal to Hitler

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Two Romanian journalists had their accreditation rejected for their country's World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday because their paper had previously compared Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal to Adolf Hitler.

Prior to the Dutch side's visit to Romania last October, ProSport published an article about the notoriously tough Van Gaal under the headline "Van Hitler." The Dutch federation (KNVB) remembered this and when two ProSport journalists applied for accreditation for Tuesday's match in Amsterdam, the KNVB denied them.

From Marca:

"These journalists are not welcome at the Amsterdam Arena. We have rejected their accreditation for the match in Group D of the European zone of World Cup 2014 qualifying against Romania on Tuesday," said a spokesman for the KNVB.

Van Gaal and the Netherlands made Romania as a whole pay for this insult by beating them 4-0 (after beating them 4-1 last October). Of course, Van Gaal has also been known to attract more accidental allusions to Hitler every now and then...

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