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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Apr 12, 2006

Kalou fights for withdrawl of spoof Dutch ad

AMSTERDAM, April 12 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast-born Salomon Kalou, denied the chance to play for the Netherlands at the World Cup, wants a spoof advert showing him playing for Germany withdrawn.

In a television spot for Dutch insurer Achmea, made without the permission of the Feyenoord winger, Kalou is announced as part of a German team facing the Dutch in a World Cup final.

A look-alike of German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn then thanks the Netherlands and Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, watching at home in her living room, for failing to fast-track Kalou's Dutch citizenship application.

Netherlands coach Marco van Basten had guaranteed Kalou a spot in his World Cup squad if he got a passport in time.

Verdonk ruled last month that Kalou did not fulfil the criteria for fast-track citizenship and would have to retake a Dutch language and culture test, which he has failed once.

Kalou has launched a court battle for the withdrawal of the advert and will also seek damages, his lawyer said.

'He is portrayed as someone who is just after money when the complete opposite is the case,' Ruud Schutte was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad on Wednesday.

Achmea said they would not withdraw the advert and had offered Kalou a chance to participate.

Kalou will also appeal against Verdonk's latest decision.

In her judgment, Verdonk said he had lived in the country for only three years, short of the five-year term normally required to qualify for a Dutch passport.

Kalou rejected several invitations to join the Ivory Coast squad last year, even though his brother Bonaventure is captain of the team.

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