Pierre van Hooydonk returned to the table at the Football Studio on Sunday evening, three weeks after he accused Ajax coach Maurice Stein of “dark dealings” during his time at NAC Breda. Van Hooydonk was subjected to a storm of criticism in the following days and did not take part in the weekly Sunday evening football program for two weeks, but has now been allowed to take a seat again by NOS.
“Pierre realized he had made a mistake and apologized for it,” says Geert Jaap Hoekmann, the new editor-in-chief of NOS Sport. “We have discussed this matter comprehensively and extensively with each other. I am confident that he will resume his professional role on Sunday.”
Van Hooydonk accused Ajax coach Maurice Stein of being involved in “suspicious deals with friendly agents” during his time as coach of NAC Breda. Steijn immediately demanded a correction through his lawyer the next day. Van Hooydonk then apologized on Wednesday and NOS Sport decided that the analyst would not join Studio Voetbal for the time being, but would return to the table on Sunday.
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Van Hooydonk: “I should not have made those statements and I apologized for that. This was an important learning moment for me. I will have to prove myself more to the viewer in the near future because of this mistake.
That will be on Sunday evening on the Football Studio broadcast, but also next week during his analyzes of Dutch international matches. Discuss with Rafael van der Vaart the European Championship qualifiers against Greece (Thursday in Eindhoven) and Ireland (Sunday in Dublin).
Last Sunday, on behalf of Andris Junker (National Coach of Orange Lewinen) and Ron Jans (Coach without a club after leaving FC Twente), we sat at the table with presenter Sjoerd van Ramshorst and analysts Ibrahim Afellay and Rafael van der Vaart.
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