The Inter Milan playmaker defended his Netherlands teammate after he received criticism from Bayern fans after missing a penalty against Chelsea in the Champions League finalWesley Sneijder hit out at Bayern Munich fans and officials after his Netherlands teammate Arjen Robben was whistled off the Allianz Arena pitch by in a friendly game between the two sides on Tuesday.
"This is laughable," Sneijder told Kicker. "What happened here in Munich is unfathomable. And to such an outstanding player, who brought the club so much success in the past. What's more, not a single member of the Bayern board of directors stood up and defended him."
The Inter midfielder, who will turn 28 next month, told the German publication how dumbfounded he was to see Robben being jeered by his own fans every time he touched the ball, on his own pitch, after large chunks of the public apparently attributed him the brunt of Bayern's responsibility in losing to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
"Fair enough, Arjen missed a penalty, Bayern lost the game. But was it just because of his miss? Why does no one blame Schweinsteiger, who also missed a penalty? Or the numerous players who missed glorious chances?"
Bayern lost the final in the penalty shootout after dominating most of the game, with Robben shooting off target on numerous occasions during regular time before missing an extra time penalty which would have put the Bavarian side 2-1 up.
Answering accusations of individualism directed at his Netherlands teammate, Sneijder suggested that Robben should not change his ways.
"He does play with a bit of selfishness, but that is what makes him so good," Sneijder said.
"If it was up to me, Robben would join me at Inter as soon as this summer. We are very lucky to have him in the Netherlands squad. In our view, he must keep his playing style the way it is, and has always been."