Dutch politicians Ferdinand Grapperhaus and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen have had to apologise to Prime Minister Mark Rutte after becoming embroiled in a row when the pair when pictured watching Rangers play Feyenoord during a budget debate.

Grapperhaus, the Dutch Justice minister and van Nieuwenhuizen were listening to the Prime Minister speak when TV cameras picked them up watching the Europa League clash – leading to calls for them to resign.

“I shouldn’t have done that,” Van Nieuwenhuizen told RTL Nieuws, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, while Grapperhaus accepted responsibility for both, adding: “You shouldn’t blame the other minister – she was kind of ignited by me.”

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Neither will likely have been too happy with the result after Steven Gerrard’s side picked up an impressive 1-o win to extend their impressive home run in Europe to 14 games without defeat.

It would be a surprise if either was to lose their job over the row but it’s quite funny to see such outrage over something fairly innocuous.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 19: Leroy Fer of Feyenoord during the UEFA Europa League match between Glasgow Rangers v Feyenoord at the Ibrox Stadium on September 19, 2019 in Glasgow United Kingdom

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The General Political Viewing – the parliamentary debate on the government’s budget for the coming year – is always held on the Wednesday and Thursday after Budget Day and just so happened to coincide with the Eredivisie side’s trip to play Rangers.


Parliamentarians are often seen checking notes, looking at phones and browsing tablets so having a screen open showing the game live shouldn’t be that big a deal.


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