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Sneijder has not been bullied, says Inter coach

Published on Dec 3, 2012 7:01 AM
This photo taken on April 19, 2010, shows Inter Milan's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder looking on as he attends a press conference at "la Pinetina" in Appiano Gentile on the eve of their Uefa Champions League football match against Barcelona FC. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (REUTERS) - Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has hit back at critics who have accused the club of bullying Dutch international playmaker Wesley Sneijder over a contract dispute.

The midfielder has been left out of the side recently and was again absent for Sunday's 1-0 win over Palermo in Serie A, with media reports saying he had been told to accept a pay cut or face being sold.

Stramaccioni, who has won plaudits for reviving third-placed Inter after poor spells under predecessors Rafael Benitez and Claudio Ranieri, said it was stupid to talk of bullying a player who earns as much as Sneijder.

"We should be careful about using the word 'bullying' when an ordinary worker earning 1,000 euros (S$1,580) a month might hear it. That's my opinion," the Inter coach told reporters.

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