Virgil Van Dijk consoles grieving Referee

Virgil van Dijk scored a last-minute equaliser for the Netherlands last night against Germany, but today he’s being applauded for something very different.

In the wake of the 2-2 draw in Gelsenkirchen, in which strikes from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane were cancelled out by Quincy Promes and van Dijk late on, the Liverpool centre-back was seen comforting the match official.

Ovidiu Hategan, 38, was recently bereaved after losing his mother, and footage captured Van Dijk embracing the Romanian referee while the Dutch team celebrated.

Despite just having helped his side secure top spot in their group and a place in the UEFA Nations League finals next year, Van Dijk was more concerned for Hategan.

Van Dijk explained afterwards:

“That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother. I wished him strength and said that he had blown well. It’s a small thing, but maybe it helps him.”


Tropical Island Inside a Hangar

We’ve been away this week on holiday in North Norfolk – it was cold and grey but great fun and refreshing and an explanation as to why the blog has been quiet.


This picture of sandy beach, palm trees and clear, blue water.  But if you think that these holiday makers are lounging on a warm tropical island, you’d be wrong.  They’re inside a giant hangar in snowy Germany!

The ‘resort’ is actually located on the site of a former Soviet military air base in Krausnick, Germany. Tropical Islands is inside a hangar built originally to house airships designed to haul long-distance cargo. And despite it looking like temperatures are through the roof – outside the giant hangar it is actually snowing.


The Daily Mail has more photos: Link

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