Sneijder says Andres Iniesta's volley right at the death in extra time to hand Spain the 'Jules Rimet' trophy was suspiciously offside.
Speaking to KickOff.com the Inter Milan midfielder hammered English referee Howard Webb for the manner in which he handled the match, joining a chorus of criticism levelled at Webb, from the number of "unnecessary" yellow cards brandished to Arjen Robben's shout for a penalty. Sneijder's shock claim is, however, an isolated incident relating to Iniesta's last-gasp goal that looks perfectly fine on replay, but not in Sneijder's view.
"The goal was offside, that's all I want to say. There was also another moment when Iniesta kicked Mark van Bommel when the ball was not there. The fourth official saw it, but the referee didn't give a red card," claims Sneijder. "But we can be proud that we finished in second position in the World Cup," he says.
Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong tells KickOff.com the pain of losing to Spain in the World Cup Final is numbed by the bright future of the 'Oranje' team.
De Jong insists the future is bright. "It is definitely something that is comforting to the whole team knowing that the coaches have put together a team that if we stick together can represent the nation well in the next tournament. I think we have a great future ahead of us, because there are lots of players in the team that can still play for many years," he says.
De Jong further says he has high regard for English referee Howard Webb, who's been a subject of much criticism from some Netherlands players for his handling of the match, but De Jong concurs with his teammates that it was definitely not one of Webb's best matches he's officiated. The police sergeant was brandishing a yellow card after another resulting in 14 yellow cards, including John Heitinga's two bookable offences.
"In the end he had a big effect, that's obvious. I know him as a very good and I'm not saying he is not a good referee anymore but it was not his game," De Jong concludes.