Referee Bas Nijhuis is pleased with the support Johan Derksen

Referee Bas Nijhuis is pleased with the support Johan Derksen

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Bas Nijhuis is pleased that voetbalanalist Johan Derksen arranged for him to record tv. The 40-year-old referee, however, never be afraid to speak to the press if he made a mistake.

“No, then I am after just for the camera to talk to the press or do I go the next day just to Football Inside”, says the Premier league-arbitrator from Twente.

“After that duel in Groningen (the team played on 5 march against Ajax, that by the tie could not take advantage of the misstep of the later champion Feyenoord, ed.), when I was, indeed, a penalty kick should have been, was no different, even though I was discouraged to go to Hilversum. People say that I have a lot of the publicity seeking, I think, than a similarly thick crap. (…) They expect you to explanation, then you do that and then you get all over you.”

Derksen speaks regularly praising words Nijhuis, there is the referee happy: “That is beautiful. Also for the imaging. Because make no mistake, eh? It is really not easy.”


As Nijhuis even want to take of professional football, he can retreat in his own bakery. “I have more for the distraction, for the rest. I find that people perform better if they are not dependent of one thing.”

A true baker would, and he himself is not, however, mention: “I send my people only. Think about some customers that at night I’m baking. They do not know is that I have flour on my shirt and trousers there on purpose and have done.”

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