Blind downplays Van Persie-Depay spat

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Netherlands head coach Danny Blind has confirmed that Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay were involved in a training ground clash, but has downplayed its severity.

The incident occurred on the eve of the Netherlands' Euro 2016 qualifying encounter with Kazakhstan on Saturday, a fixture which the Dutch won 2-1, and one that Van Persie played no part in.

Blind has stressed that the altercation was not a serious one, and that the matter was closed.

"It was a discussion during a training about a ball that should have been given over," Blind has been quoted as saying by the Guardian

"Things like that happen often. There are sometimes situations in training where players think differently. That’s what happened and then it was over."

The Dutch tactician added that the spat had no influence on his decision to omit Van Persie from the weekend's squad, with the striker lacking match fitness.

“I felt that he was not fit enough to start. I think that’s down to the fact that he has not played without pain for quite a while," Blind explained.

The Netherlands face the Czech Republic in a must-win fixture on Tuesday, but even if the Dutch are victorious, they might not qualify, as they need Turkey to lose to Iceland if they are to progress.