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Drenthe back in the wars as Hercules fans lash out

AT THE tail end of last year we told you about the crazy antics of Royston Drenthe, the Real Madrid player who was loaned out to La Liga newcomers Hercules this season.

The Dutchman was stopped by traffic cops in Alicante at 4am after he drove through six red lights at something approaching the speed of light, blaming the "excitement" caused by a 0-0 draw hours earlier.

However, the player has found himself in another spot of bother after he went on strike in protest at wages owed to him, and the rest of the players, by financially troubled Hercules.

Despite Drenthe being something of a cult hero at Hercules, his decision to stop playing incurred the wrath of hardcore fans, who spray-painted his house with slogans such as 'mercenary', 'clown' and 'found you', and abused him at Alicante Airport.

The pressure seemingly got to Drenthe, who quickly returned to training. Maybe he should have copied the players from Pontevedra, in Spain's third division. The team haven't been paid for five months and made their unhappiness known by kneeling down on the pitch for the first minute of a league match against Lugo last Sunday.

The Lugo players sportingly knocked the ball around among themselves until the opposition got back on their feet.

Irish Independent