TV net­work dock Dutch star’s pay

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - The Hague

– Dutch Fox Sports this week sus­pended former Nether­lands star Marco van Bas­ten for a week as an an­a­lyst for say­ing Sieg Heil on air as a “joke of bad taste.”

The broad­caster said it would pay the former Dutch great’s salary for the week to the Dutch In­sti­tute for War, Holo­caust and Genocide stud­ies.

Van Bas­ten, 55, made the com­ment on Fox Sports payper-view chan­nel af­ter an in­ter­view ahead of the Ere­di­visie clash be­tween Ajax and Her­a­cles.

His words could be heard in the stu­dio mo­ments af­ter TV pre­sen­ter Hans Kraay’s in­ter­view in Ger­man with Her­a­cles’ Ger­man man­ager Frank Wor­muth.

“Not too pretty, sieg heil, pfannkuche­n (pan­cake),” Van Bas­ten said, us­ing the Nazi Ger­man sa­lute.

“It was not my in­ten­tion at all to shock peo­ple. I only wanted to ‘ex­plain’ Hans’ Ger­man,” Van Bas­ten said. – AFP

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