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PSV Eindhoven"s Jeremain Lens and Feyenoord Joris Mathijsen brawl in tunnel after game

VIDEO: Extraordinary scenes as Dutch title race gets heated after PSV's Lens sparks tunnel brawl with Feyenoord defender Mathijsen

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John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

06:52 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 25 February 2013

Feyenoord may have cut the lead at the top of the Dutch Eredivisie to three points after a 2-1 win over league leaders PSV Eindhoven – but the main talking point came off the pitch.

PSV goalscorer Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel – and a brawl occurred.

The two players had been involved in a row on the pitch and Lens was keen to continue the row after the game.

Scroll down to watch a video of the brawl

PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens

Feyenoord's Joris Mathijsen

Head to head: PSV Eindhoven Jeremain Lens and Feyenoord's Joris Mathijsen squared up in the tunnel

Come here: Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel and squared up to him

Come here: Jeremain Lens waited for Feyenoord defender Joris Mathijsen in the tunnel and squared up to him

Getting heated: Lens and Mathijsen become embroiled in a row

Getting heated: Lens and Mathijsen become embroiled in a row

The incident, which was caught on video, shows Lens waiting for Mathijsen in the communal area and squaring up to him when he appeared.

Lens grabbed a chunk of Mathijsen’s shirt, players from PSV and Feyenoord both piled into the mix to separate the warring pair.

That, in turn, sparked a physical melee between the sides whilst the officials were in close proximity.

Earlier, on the pitch, Feyenoord had came from a goal down to win the game and cut the gap at the top of the league.

VIDEO: Watch Jeremain Lens and Joris Mathijsen start tunnel brawl

The Feyenoord fightback put the Rotterdam club in third place on 47 points, just three points behind PSV.

Second-place Ajax wasted a chance to draw level on points with PSV when it had to rely on a late goal by Lasse Schoene to salvage a 1-1 draw with ADO The Hague.

In-form forward Lens gave PSV the lead in the 34th minute, finishing off a one-two with Tim Matavz after Feyenoord midfielder Jordie Clasie had needlessly given the ball away.

Getting stuck in: Players from both sides got involved in the brawl

Getting stuck in: Players from both sides got involved in the brawl

Brawl

Clasie made amends early in the second half when his pass freed winger Ruben Schaken to draw Feyenoord level. Graziano Pelle sealed all three points for Feyenoord with a 68th-minute strike.

‘We were behind at the break, but didn't deserve to be,’ Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman said. ‘We lacked conviction in the first half, particularly in attack. We managed to put that right in the second half. We were better, more aggressive, won more tackles, were more threatening and in the end we deserved to win.’

Sir Chris Hoy set to return to training in Australia after "grim" stomach virus

Hoy set to get back on track Down Under after trip to hospital with 'grim' stomach virus

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UPDATED:

21:39 GMT, 11 December 2012

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy will resume training this week after being hospitalised for 24 hours last weekend with a severe stomach virus.

The 36-year-old is currently training with a selection of British cyclists in Perth, Western Australia, as he considers whether to continue on until the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Scot arrived early last week and began to feel progressively worse with gastrointestinal problems before he was taken to hospital in Subiaco, Perth, on Saturday.

Weighing up his future: Sir Chris Hoy is in training in Perth, Western Australia

Weighing up his future: Sir Chris Hoy is in training in Perth, Western Australia

Hoy, one of 12 on the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, was discharged on Sunday after being given rehydration treatment and medication and he returned to the gym for a light session today.

'I'm glad to be getting better and almost feel back to normal now after a pretty grim few days,' Hoy, who is taking part in the Rotterdam Six Day event from January 3 to 8, said on his website.

'It's always frustrating when you're on a training camp and you can't train if you're injured or unwell.

'This is the first block of serious training I've done since the Games, but it could've happened at a far worse stage of the season though so it's not too much of a problem.

'It'll be good to get a solid couple of weeks training in before Christmas, and I'm really looking forward to racing in the first week of January in Rotterdam.'

Hoy added on his Twitter page: 'Had a rough weekend with a stomach virus, including a night in the hospital. Pleased to say I'm on the mend and back training now.'

Meanwhile, a World Series Cycling project featuring 10 grand prix races across the globe could be in place as soon as 2014.

What a summer: Hoy is back in full training for the first time since the Olympics

What a summer: Hoy is back in full training for the first time since the Olympics

The group are optimistic of successful negotiations with the UCI, the world governing body, over plans for 10 four-day events, which would run alongside the three Grand Tours – of Italy, France and Spain – and six of the established one-day races.

The grands prix would include a time-trial, rolling stage, mountain stage and sprint stage, with all events taking place from Thursday to Sunday. Jonathan Price, chairman of London-based sports promoters the Gifted Group, told Press Association Sport: “We want to see races up and running in 2014.

'We've already had discussions with broadcasters, we're confident there's a real appetite for this product.

'We're now going to start some serious discussions with potential host locations to get our first race up and running.'

After three and a half years of planning, WSC, registered as a company in Luxembourg, is close to implementation.

The first meeting with teams was held before the Tour de France in Rotterdam in 2010, with eight contracted teams confirmed yesterday as Garmin-Sharp, Liquigas-Cannondale, Movistar, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Rabobank Cycling Team, Radioshack-Nissan-Trek, Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank and Vaconsoleil-DCM.

Financial backing is being provided by
Czech billionaire businessman Zdenek Bakala, who owns Mark Cavendish's
Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

Pure gold: Hoy won two medals in London

Pure gold: Hoy won two medals in London

Bakala has led talks with the UCI since March, and, despite the world governing body being occupied by the ongoing fallout of the Lance Armstrong scandal, a conclusion to negotiations is close.

'We see this as something we wanted to do with them, because we believe it was something the marketplace wanted and was good for the sport,' Price added.

'Those discussions have been positive and I hope we're getting close now to a conclusion to them.

'Clearly they have a lot on their plate right now – that probably hasn't helped – but even against that backdrop the discussions have been positive.'

The structure can be compared to that of tennis, where the top male players feature in the ATP Masters 1000 events and the four grand slams, with the WTA Tour running alongside. In cycling, plans are similar, with a commitment for a parallel women's series.

The Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana would be part of the project alongside one-day races Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Cup, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Tour of Lombardy, with a points system to award the leading rider and team at the end of the season.

Riders would race a maximum of 88 days per season, while there is a commitment for an anti-doping programme in a bid to eradicate the use of performance-enhancing drugs from the sport.

Tour de France organisers the Amuary Sports Organisation, who also run races such as the Tour of Qatar and Paris-Nice, have not yet been consulted. It could be a potential stumbling block.

Price added: 'In terms of our 10 grands prix, we don't need any other race organiser on board. We no more need ASO's approval to do that than Coca-Cola needs Pepsi's approval to launch a new product.'

Price is confident a restructuring of cycling's calendar will only improve the sport, with many races on the current calendar struggling.

'Judgement has been passed on a lot of the other races,' he said.

'A lot of those races are dying and they're not dying because we've come up with a concept of a format that's driven by what television, sponsors and fans want.

'They're dying because the marketplace has cast judgement on them.

'If you want to progress as a sport and if you want to develop, you need to respond to what the marketplace want and if you don't you die.'

Meanwhile, Britons Geraint Thomas, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard are part of Team Sky's seven-man squad for the season-opening Tour Down Under. Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Thomas will race with Rowe and Stannard in Adelaide in January.

Newcastle watch Holland U21 goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet

Toon turn to 'next Krul' as chief scout Carr watches Dutch U21 stopper Zoet

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 15 October 2012

Newcastle scouts watched Holland Under 21 international goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet on Monday night as they consider a bid for the young star.

Chief scout Graham Carr and coach Andy Woodman were in Rotterdam to watch the 21-year-old against Slovakia, a match won 2-0 by the Dutch.

The 6ft 3in keeper is on loan at RKC Waalwijk from PSV Eindhoven, where he conceded 12 times in eight games.

Ballsy: Jeroen Zoet is a target for Newcastle United after impressing for RKC

Ballsy: Jeroen Zoet is a target for Newcastle United after impressing for RKC

Kevin Strootman set to leave PSV in January

Man United on alert with 20m-rated Strootman set to leave PSV in January

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UPDATED:

06:20 GMT, 27 September 2012

Dutch of class: Strootman (left) is highly-rated across Europe

Dutch of class: Strootman (left) is highly-rated across Europe

PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman has been given the green light for a 20million January move away Holland.

The 22-year-old Dutch international earned rave reviews in his first campaign with PSV last season, quickly establishing himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and attracting interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

And now Strootman, who has 11 caps for Holland, has been told he can leave the club in January if his value is met.

'Strootman has had a good time in Eindhoven, but he decided that he wants to prove himself in a better league,' his agent Chiel Dekker told the Dutch media.

'If an agreement is able to be reached with a potentially interested club, PSV will allow Kevin to leave in January.'

United sent scout Martin Ferguson to
watch Strootman on several occasions last season, and they are confident the
former Sparta Rotterdam and Utrecht man has the all-round game to be
able to play in the Premier League.

Robin Van Persie sings You"ll Never Walk Alone

Don't let the manager hear! Man United star Van Persie sings Liverpool anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

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UPDATED:

15:46 GMT, 6 September 2012

For goodness sake, don't show Fergie!

An old video has surfaced on YouTube showing Manchester United's new star striker Robin Van Persie belting out Liverpool anthem You'll Never Walk Alone in a Rotterdam karaoke bar.

And if his manager stumbles upon it, Van Persie could have much more to regret than his horrendously off-key performance.

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Walking into a storm Robin Van Persie warbles out You'll Never Walk Alone

Walking into a storm Robin Van Persie warbles out You'll Never Walk Alone

Red Van Man: Van Persie has made an excellent start to his career at Manchester United

Red Van Man: Van Persie has made an excellent start to his career at Manchester United

The frontman, who has scored four goals in three appearances for Man United since his 24m move from Arsenal, grabs the mic to 'sing' the final couple of lines of the classic from the musical Carousel as delighted fans look on.

As well as being the stirring pre-match music at United's bitter rivals Liverpool, the song is also the anthem of Rotterdam side Excelsior, where Van Persie started his career.

The clip was uploaded in July 2011, so Van Persie might be forgiven for his choice from the karaoke catalogue, but he'd be well advised to choose something else if invited back home anytime soon.

Van Persie performs 'You'll Never Walk Alone'

Sylvain Wiltord retires from football

Former Arsenal and France star Wiltord retires from football aged 38

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UPDATED:

14:32 GMT, 12 June 2012

The French Football Federation paid tribute to former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord, who has announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old joined the club in 2000 from Bordeaux and spent four years in north London, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.

He was a member of the 'Invincibles' team which went through the 2003-04 league season unbeaten.

Invincible: Wiltord (right) spent four years at Arsenal

Invincible: Wiltord (right) spent four years at Arsenal

Wiltord won 92 caps for France, memorably scoring an injury-time equaliser in the Euro 2000 final against Italy, which Les Bleus won in extra-time.

The FFF said in a statement: 'All of our football fans who were following the final of the European Championship on the evening of July 2 in Rotterdam as supporters of France will long remember Sylvain Wiltord's equalising goal in added time before the French won in extra-time.

Euro star: Wiltord celebrates France's Euro 2000 triumph

Euro star: Wiltord celebrates France's Euro 2000 triumph

'This memory will remain etched in the history of our sport, because he made a big contribution to winning the European title.'

Wiltord spent last season at Ligue 2 side Nantes.

Dirk Kuyt: Kuyt: I"d love to stay at Liverpool

Kuyt: I'd love to stay at Liverpool but Dalglish won't play me

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UPDATED:

05:23 GMT, 15 May 2012

Dirk Kuyt has vented his frustration at no longer being a Liverpool first-team regular under Kenny Dalglish.

Reds boss Dalglish left the
31-year-old on the bench for large periods of the season, but Kuyt feels
he is good enough to start every week.

Fond farewell: Dirk Kuyt looks set to leave Liverpoo... but not for Feyenoord

Fond farewell: Dirk Kuyt looks set to leave Liverpoo… but not for Feyenoord

He told The Sun: 'Under this manager I don't have the feeling any more that he will put me in the side every week.

'I'm under no illusion about playing every week. But I believe I am still good enough to play for Liverpool every week.'

Kuyt seems certain to leave Anfield, though he is keen to remain with the Reds.

'Deep in my heart I'd love to stay at Liverpool,' he said.

Last month, Kuyt was seen having talks with Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel, sparking reports he would sign for the Rotterdam club.

However, although the player admits he considered a move back to his former club, he believes he still has much to offer a top European side.

'The fact I held talks with Feyenoord indicates I wanted to give it a serious chance,' he told AD Sportwereld.

'But in many ways the gap is too great at this moment in time.

'If I returned to Holland, I would have to take an 80% cut in my Liverpool wages.'

Manchester City striker John Guidetti scoring goals in Holland for Feyenoord

EXCLUSIVE: He's Sweden's wonderkid, a revelation in Holland and he's sending a message back to Manchester… I'll be your No 9

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 22 March 2012

Carlos Tevez is not the only wave-making exiled Manchester City striker returning to the club. Over in Holland, John Guidetti, on loan at Feyenoord from City, has 18 goals in 17 starts for the Rotterdam club and is literally front-page news.

Guidetti joined Feyenoord for the season last September and is nothing less than a sensation. At 19, he has scored three hat-tricks, one of which was against Ajax, Feyenoord's greatest rivals.

Guidetti's father Mike is half-Italian, which explains the surname, but the son is fully Swedish. Last month, John won his first senior Sweden cap in Croatia. Guidetti, therefore, has a chance of playing against England in the second Group D game at Euro 2012.

Taking Ajax to the cleaners: Guidetti on his way to a hat-trick against his side's big rivals

Taking Ajax to the cleaners: Guidetti on his way to a hat-trick against his side's big rivals

'The European Championship is in my mind but it's not certain,' he said. 'Imagine if I scored and England went out. That would be me finished in England!'

Guidetti was laughing at himself as he sat in the gentrified Little Manhattan area of Rotterdam dockyard. The teenager, who as a boy spent five years in Kenya, where his father was teaching, is planning to build a school in Nairobi. But other plans are on hold. That includes at club level.

Feyenoord's season ends on May 6, after which Guidetti is due back in Manchester. Having joined City in the days of Sven Goran Eriksson, Guidetti signed a new three-year deal last summer.

Such has been his experience in Rotterdam, he requires a fresh conversation with City, despite having more than two years left on the deal.

On the table on Monday was Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. Guidetti was on its front page celebrating Feyenoord's victory at Steve McClaren's FC Twente. This is Guidetti's presence in Holland.

At Feyenoord there are petitions to keep him and one to build a statue of him after the hat-trick against Ajax. He has met fans who have his name and the score that day tattooed on them.

Rare chance: Guidetti in action for Manchester City

Rare chance: Guidetti in action for Manchester City

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Front page news: Guidetti is making waves in Holland

Front page news: Guidetti is making waves in Holland

Feyenoord, disgracefully, were beaten 10-0 by PSV Eindhoven last season, then sold three key players. This season was expected to be dreadful but instead they are fifth, five points off the top. Ronald Koeman is the manager, but teenage Guidetti is the icon.

'Feyenoord are a massive club, the fans make that,' he said. 'Many people have told me there are bigger clubs in Europe but that's as maybe. Only at Besiktas do the fans match Feyenoord's.

'At the training session before our game against Ajax we had around 7,000. For the first 15 minutes we couldn't see, there were so many fireworks and flares.

'Feyenoord hadn't beaten Ajax for six years. The fans here don't even call them Ajax, they call them '020' – the telephone code. They don't like saying the word Ajax. I know they have taken it too far with me, but it is nice to be cal led the “Saviour of Rotterdam”. To hear that is amazing. I'm 19.

'Maybe the quality is not as high as at Manchester City but the club are almost as big. It's been a great time for me. It means a lot to be here having this responsibility. Not only is it good for your self-confidence, it's good as a learning curve, because i t' s heavy sometimes, it's a lot of pressure.

'It's given me so much. I've developed as a player and as a human being, taking responsibility.'

Critics will say that defending in the
Eredivisie is of a low standard but Guidetti mentions that Ajax won at
Manchester United last month, AZ Alkmaar have beaten Udinese and Twente
beat Fulham in December.

Flying high: Tevez returned on a fabulous night for City who came from behind to beat Chelsea

Flying high: Tevez returned on a fabulous night for City who came from behind to beat Chelsea

Flying high: Tevez returned on a fabulous night for City who came from behind to beat Chelsea

'These are not bad teams,' he said. 'Of course, there are some teams not as good but it's still hard to score. There's still a 90kg defender who wants to hold you. He's maybe not John Terry or Vincent Kompany but he can still jump, head, tackle. It's not a walk in the park. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored 25 goals and got a move to Real Madrid.'

The intensity of this season leaves Guidetti concerned about his absence from the Etihad Stadium. Patrick Vieira has been across to Holland more than once to assure Guidetti that he is in Roberto Mancini's thoughts, but though Guidetti says 'what a man, what a role model' of Vieira, nothing is decided.

'I don't know what Man City are thinking but I want to play football,' said Guidetti. There was no confrontation in his tone. It is his assessment of a club who already have Mario Balotelli, Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Tevez.

'If I can't play at Manchester City – I'm a young boy – then I'll have to play somewhere else. If I am going to be given a chance at City then I have to be on the same level as the other boys. If I'm given No 68, then I don't have a chance of playing. I have to see what comes up. Maybe I'll get a chance to go to a big team that will give me No 9 or No 10 and say, “OK, we're ready to pay you this money”.

'I don't care about the money but in football it shows where you are. It says, “This is how much we believe in giving you this chance”. And I want the chance. I don't want to be a reserve at City, I can't be. I have to be honest with people, I'm not going to lie.

Have Sam of that! Nasri applied the finishing touch for City who moved to a point shy of rivals United

Have Sam of that! Nasri applied the finishing touch for City who moved to a point shy of rivals United

Have Sam of that! Nasri applied the finishing touch for City who moved to a point shy of rivals United

'I'm not saying City should do this or that, maybe they don't want me – they can get any player in the world. Their wealth is extreme. Maybe they want Van Persie or Messi. Those two are as tall as these buildings and I'm down here. I know that.'

Guidetti talks the way he plays – all-action, passion. He is two-footed, and confident.

McClaren said: 'When I was at Forest at the beginning of the season, I spoke to City to try to get Guidetti on loan. He's that sort of old-fashioned English striker that works so hard, is a good target and has the knack of scoring. That's what I saw, that's what I liked. He's a handful, the centre half never gets a rest.

'Now he needs to go on a bit, play back in England. He has the ability. For Sweden he'll be an impact player, and a bloody good one. A nice one to have in your squad.'

City may share that last sentiment; Guidetti does not. He has made one appearance for the club in a League Cup tie 18 months ago. He had a brief loan spell at Burnley, too.

But the impact he has made at Feyenoord, and the impact Feyenoord have had on him, have changed his status. Like Tevez, Guidetti is another striking City asset who wants to be in the starting XI.

Plastic pitches could return after club chairmen vote yes

Plastic pitches on the way back Club chairmen vote YES to crunch talks

Artificial pitches could make a return to English football after club chairmen voted to hold a formal consultation on the controversial surfaces.

The so-called 'plastic pitches' were banned in all four divisions in 1995 when the likes of Luton and QPR were deemed to gain too great a home advantage from having an artificial surface.

Surface: England played on a plastic pitch against Russia during a Euro 2008 qualifier

Surface: England played on a plastic pitch against Russia during a Euro 2008 qualifier

Now the Football League say there is a
'clear appetite' among some members to take advantage of the improvement
in artificial pitches – they have now been sanctioned by FIFA and UEFA
and are used in many countries.

Football League chief operating officer Andy Williamson said: 'For the first time in 20 years there is a clear appetite amongst a number of Football League clubs to reconsider the use of artificial surfaces for first-team matches.

Discussion: Club chairmen voted to have a formal discussion on artificial pitches

Discussion: Club chairmen voted to have a formal discussion on artificial pitches

PLASTIC PITCH FACTS
Four English clubs had artificial pitches in the 1980s: QPR, Luton, Oldham and Preston.
In 1989 a commission of inquiry into playing surfaces prohibited their use in the top flight from 1990 onwards and by 1995 from all four divisions.
In 2004, FIFA and UEFA sanctioned the use of artificial surfaces in their competitions following significant advances in pitch technology.
There are currently two artificial pitches in use in Italy's Serie A (Cesena and Novara), two in France's Ligue 1 (Lorient and Nancy) and two in the Dutch Eredivisie (Heracles Almelo & Excelsior Rotterdam).
Other countries using artificial pitches include: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Switzerland and Belgium.

'It is fair to say that the Football
League currently has an open mind on the issue, however it is a decision
that will clearly have implications for all those with an interest in
professional football.

'It is important therefore that everybody gets the opportunity to have their say.'

It is thought that Accrington Stanley and Wycombe are among those keen to have artificial pitches.

The consultation will be open to all clubs, governing bodies and leagues, as well as other football groups such as the Professional Footballers' Association, the League Managers' Association, referees' groups, groundstaff and fans.

The issue will be discussed at the Football League's summer conference being held on May 31 and June 1.

Steve McClaren back with a bang as Twente manager

McClaren back with a bang on comeback as Twente enjoy five-goal romp

Steve McClaren made a convincing comeback in the Dutch league as his side Twente Enschede thrashed RKC Waalwijk 5-0 on Saturday to close in on the top.

The former England manager left Twente in May 2010 after winning the club's maiden title but rejoined two weeks ago after Co Adriaanse was sacked.

Twente coach Steve McClaren on the touchline

Point to prove: Twente coach Steve McClaren on the touchline

Luuk de Jong opened the scoring on 26 minutes, firing into an empty net after keeper Jeroen Zoet dropped a cross.

He later converted a 54th minute penalty to effectively settle the match after Emir Bajrami's deflected shot doubled the lead.

Nacer Chadli added a fourth before a fine free kick from Ola John completed the rout on 81 minutes.

Warm welcome: McClaren is greeted by rival coach Rood Brood

Warm welcome: McClaren is greeted by rival coach Rood Brood

AZ Alkmaar, in action on Sunday at home to Ajax Amsterdam, are top with 38 points after 17 matches, one ahead of PSV Eindhoven who play Utrecht away. Twente are third on 36 points.

Bas Dost struck twice to lift his total to 16 and earn 10-man Heerenveen a 2-0 win at lowly Graafschap Doetinchem. Heerenveen had Daryl Janmaat sent off four minutes before the interval.

Warm welcome: McClaren is greeted by rival coach Rood Brood

Warm welcome: McClaren is greeted by rival coach Rood Brood

Bottom side Excelsior Rotterdam cruised to a 3-0 home win over nine-man NAC Breda. Kees Luijckx and Roly Bonevacia both received their second booking early in the second half.

Excelsior moved into 17th with 11 points to leave VVV Venlo, 10 points and hosting Feyenoord on Sunday, at the bottom.

McClaren is interviewed before the match

Dutch courage: McClaren is interviewed before the match