PSV coach Roger Schmidt is still behind the strong criticism of referee Bas Nijhuis that he expressed last week after the away match against Sparta Rotterdam (3-5).

The German, who is being investigated by the prosecutor for professional football, thinks he has his right.

PSV's press conference started on Friday with an announcement from the press officer that no questions about the conflict between Schmidt and Nijhuis would be answered, but that quickly went wrong.

Although the press officer intervened now and then, Schmidt spoke out on the matter after a few questions.

"I clearly expressed my opinion at the press conference last Saturday. I still have that opinion today," said Schmidt.

"Everyone in the football world has to try to perform at the highest level and if that doesn't happen, I'll say something about it. Whether it's about my players or the referee."

Schmidt was furious with Nijhuis after the game against Sparta, who in his eyes deliberately whistled against PSV.

"The referee said that he whistled against us, because I had criticized him after the game against Vitesse. I do not need to speak to him for the rest of my life," said the coach of the Eindhoven team after that game at



Bas Nijhuis and Roger Schmidt got into a fight at Sparta Rotterdam-PSV.

Bas Nijhuis and Roger Schmidt got into a fight at Sparta Rotterdam-PSV.

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'I Didn't Do Anything That Is Forbidden'

The professional football prosecutor decided to conduct a preliminary investigation into his statements.

Schmidt risks suspension of one or more duels due to his strong criticism, but does not intend to apologize.

"If Cody Gakpo is injured by a foul with us and the referee doesn't whistle, then I can complain about that. That's not something that is prohibited," said Schmidt, who continued to defend himself.

"I never said he did anything on purpose. I want to leave it at that, now it's enough."

At the request of PSV, the prosecutor will not deal with the case until next week, so Schmidt can sit on the bench on Saturday when the Eindhoven players play a home game against RKC Waalwijk (kick-off at 8 p.m.).

The number three of the Eredivisie, which has four points less than leader Ajax, misses the injured Mario Götze and Gakpo against RKC.

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