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Dutch footballer ‘fired for pooing by the road’

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Jeffrey de Visscher

The Netherlands is in uproar about an extraordinary controversy surrounding a former Aberdeen player being fired for allegedly pooing in the street.

Dutch local papers reported that FC Emmen winger Jeffrey de Visscher was caught red-handed (or should that be brown-handed?) by police in the early hours of November 16 as he squatted down next to his car and defecated by the road in the north-eastern town of Emmen, near the German border.

De Visscher was allegedly drunk at the time, but apparently told police that a friend had been driving. The friend was nowhere to be seen, and the 31-year-old is said to have claimed that he did not know where he had gone to.

The Dutch reports claimed that the club punished the veteran player by terminating his contract as of January 1, 2013.

As the news spread, the whole country went into uproar, with Dutch Twitter going mad over something that is apparently known as "wildpoepen" in the local tongue.

De Visscher has since denied the story, though police confirmed that a 31-year-old man from Almelo - his hometown - had indeed been arrested and fined for "wildpoepen" in the town on the night in question.

"There are stories around, but this is pure nonsense," the player told Voetbal International.

"I can't do anything about these stories, it's very painful."

De Visscher has also insisted that the FC Emmen let him go by mutual consent as he was told he would have limited opportunities to play, though subsequent reports have again claimed that the incident contributed to his departure.

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