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Netherlands fined for EuroHockey indoor withdrawals

 The Netherlands has been slapped with a fine of approximately 6,000 Euros as a consequence of their withdrawal from international indoor hockey competitions.

 
EuroHockey imposed the fine due to an alleged breach stemming from the last-minute withdrawal from the Indoor Championships this year, affecting both the men's and women's formats.
 
Specifically, the Dutch federation received a penalty of 2,500 Euros for backing out of the women's event and 3,464.12 Euros for withdrawing from the men's tournament held in Leuven in February.
 
The decision by the Dutch hockey federation to exit international indoor hockey for both their men's and women's teams has been labeled a significant setback for the Oranje teams and their players.
 
This move came amid concerns raised by the KNHB (Royal Dutch Hockey Association) about the crowded global hockey calendar, with federation officials pointing to the excessive strain placed on the resilience of players and supervisors.
 
Reacting to the decision, national coach Robert Tigges, now facing an uncertain winter season, questioned the rationale behind the association's move. He raised doubts about the decision-making process, suggesting it might be more politically motivated, potentially serving as a message to EuroHockey and the FIH (International Hockey Federation).
 
The decision blindsided the players, who first learned of it through an email sent to current internationals, announcing the Netherlands' withdrawal from both the indoor European Championships and World Championships.
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