Sneijders family threatened by mobsters as he and Kuyt quizzed by police

Former Netherlands internationals Wesley Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt have reportedly been questioned as witnesses by police in their home country over an ongoing criminal investigation.

Sneijder and Kuyt are two of the Netherlands’ most famous and successful players, but they have both been embroiled in a case involving illegal gambling, according to reports.

The duo are witnesses for police who are looking into the so-called 'Hague Godfather' known as Piet S.

The alleged ringleader was arrested last year over involvement in illegal gambling site Edobet, which the Public Prosecution Service says was set up by his son.

Sneijder has denied using Edobet, but according to Voetbal Primeur he was 'approached by people who said that he had debts’ and told that his family would be 'kicked into hospital' if he didn’t pay.

The 37-year-old, who previously played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, reportedly told police the allegations related to “Wout van K”, who is “his father's cousin” and a “master con artist”.

"They apologised ten times and then they left,” he reportedly said of the time he met his creditors. “I never heard from them again."

Former Liverpool forward Kuyt has admitted using the site to place bets, which allegedly amounted to £21,000 per day.

Kuyt confessed to using Edobet, which was licensed in Curacao and offered casino games as well as sports betting, during interrogations in February, saying he played on credit but denied gambling to get rich.

According to Voetbal Primeur, the 41-year-old told police: "I often left it on the site, but sometimes I got paid.

"For example, I would meet someone at a gas station. I liked doing this in cash, so that I could play anonymously.

"I sometimes got paid in cash. I didn't play for the money, but I liked to play."

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According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Sneijder and Kuyt are not two of "several (former) professional football players" who have been interviewed by police in relation to the case.

Kuyt and Sneijder were both part of the Dutch team which reached the World Cup final in 2010.

Sneijder retired from playing in 2019 after a stint in Qatar and holds the Dutch record with 134 senior caps.

Kuyt made 104 appearances for his country and spent six years playing for Liverpool, where he scored 71 goals in 285 matches.

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