Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has admitted it felt “bizarre” to be booed by his own club’s fans but has forgiven them as he prepares for Euro 2012
Robben was the target of verbal abuse from a contingent of Bayern supporters last week while representing the Netherlands in a friendly against the Bavarian giants at the Allianza Arena.
Many fans still felt aggrieved by their team’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea three days earlier, when the 28-year-old missed a crucial penalty against his former employers.
The Bundesliga outfit have since issued an apology to the Dutchman for the unsavoury incident, while a number of fans have come out in support of their player.
Robben told reporters: “I have never had a week like it. To be booed by your own fans is bizarre and that is not easy.
“But that is football. Sometimes you are the villain, sometimes you are the hero. I am a strong person and can deal with it.”
While Bayern fans jeered his every touch on the ball during the friendly, those of Holland took to cheering Robben on, something he is extremely grateful for, but he is ready to move on and has now set his sights on the Oranje’s European Championship campaign.
He added: “I want to thank the fans for such a warm welcome. It gives you such a good feeling to be welcomed like this by your own fans.
“What is gone is gone. Now I am with Holland and the focus is on the European Championships.’‘
The 2010 World Cup finalists face Denmark in their Euro 2012 opener on June 9 before taking on Germany and Portugal in Group B.