How does the saying go? Let bygones be bygones?
European giants Netherlands played host to Mexico in a friendly encounter on Wednesday night. A game which saw talents from across the globe take to the field, a return for Real Sociedad star Carlos Vela to the national team setup, much of the pre-match hype surrounded one player in particular: Arjen Robben.
To say the Bayern Munich ace is not a favorite amongst El Tri fans would not be a far-fetched statement. The 30-year-old, known as a serial diver by many, Arsene Wenger being one of them, had controversially helped the Oranje past Miguel Herrera's crew in the World Cup in Brazil.
The two nations locked horns in the round of 16, and with the scored tied at 1-1, Robben won his team a "debatable" stoppage-time penalty. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted the spot kick, sending Mexico packing, as many blasted the former Real Madrid and Chelsea ace for his theatrics.
Nearly five months on, Mexico were gifted a rematch at the Amsterdam Arena, which they ended up winning 3-2. Before kick-off though, former Barcelona and Bulgaria ace Hristo Stoichkov, a pundit for Wednesday's friendly, presented Arjen Robben with a shirt labeled “No Era Penal”, which in English translates into "it wasn't a penalty".
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The Dutch attacker took the joke with great humor and laughed, posing for pictures with the shirt wearing a big smile. He, however, remained adamant that he did not dive in the 2-1 World Cup win over Mexico, saying:
"It’s one of the funny things in sport and in football, when you lose you are disappointed, angry, frustrated and it is completely normal, but sometimes people aren’t objective.
In the first half there was a clear penalty we didn’t get and the one we did get at the end was also a penalty. People will have to live with that."
Even the Mexican FA haven't quite gotten over that Arjen Robben penalty decision
¡Buenos días! pic.twitter.com/OIwjp0lZOG— Selección Mexicana (@miseleccionmx) November 12, 2014
When asked if he would ever visit Mexico, Arjen responded with: "It might be good to wait a few years , so people calm down and aren’t angry at me. But I know that it is a beautiful country and that it’d be great to visit."