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Wednesday 27 August 2014

World Cup 2014: Robin van Persie gives his bronze medal to eccentric Netherlands fan moments after being handed it by Sepp Blatter

The Manchester United striker handed his award to a man dressed in an orange military uniform

Published 13/07/2014 | 09:27

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Robin van Persie hands away his medal

Robin van Persie gave away his World Cup bronze medal to a Dutch fan in a gesture that was simultaneously kind hearted and telling about how the award is viewed.

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The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in Brasilia with the Manchester United striker among those on the score-sheet.

And just seconds later, van Persi gives it away

It was a result that saw the Netherlands officially finish the 2014 World Cup in third place but the bronze medal position is arguably the least coveted honour in all of international football.

So perhaps it wasn't a surprise to see Van Persie immediately give his award away. The Netherlands' captain went over to the stands where he passed his medal to a bizarrely dressed Dutch supporter who was wearing an orange military outfit complete with large hat and Netherlands flag bow-tie.

As Van Persie handed him the award the supporter kissed the bronze medal and touched the striker on the head in a show of thanks.

Germany and Argentina contest the final at 8pm on Sunday night.

Independent News Service

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