Beach kite surfer hits footballers
Published 10/06/2014 | 17:07
Netherlands captain Robin van Persie and defender Daryl Janmaat have survived a close encounter with a kite surfer on Rio's Ipanema beach ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
Janmaat, who is expected to be in Louis van Gaal's starting line-up for Friday's Group B opener against Spain in Salvador, said the kite surfer nearly floored him during a stroll along the beach in front of the Dutch team's hotel.
He told Dutch public broadcaster NOS he "almost got a kite on my head. A man was kite surfing and he fell exactly where I was standing".
Though both were struck as the kite surfer landed, Netherlands team management said neither player was badly hurt in the incident and they will train as planned.