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Premiership baby boom continues – baby on the way for Arsenal star Robin Van Persie

11/16/2006 at 07:59 PM ET

by CBB British correspondent Joanna:

Update: #2: It’s definitely a boy named Shaqueel.

Update: The baby was born Thursday, November 16th. Reports are varying, with some outlets announcing that the baby is a girl.  However, most report the birth of a boy named Shaqueel.

Thanks to CBB readers Carina and Ana.

Originally posted November 15th: Footballer Robin Van Persie, 23, who plays in the English Premier League with Arsenal FC as well as being part of the Dutch national team, is to become a father.

Robin was due to take part in Holland’s friendly game against England on Wednesday but has withdrawn after announcing that his Dutch-Moroccan wife Bouchra is expecting their first child within days.

Source: BBC Sports

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mimi on

he will not take part in the friendly not because his wife is pregnant but because she will give birth any day now

Emma on

They announced the pregnancy in early June; the baby was thought to be born around Christmas.

Looking back, Bouchra got pregnant in the same month charges were dropped against her husband. In June 2005 he was accused of raping a Dutch beauty queen and spent some time “behind bars” during the accusations.

Ani on

Actually, she got pregnant around February.

joanna on

Sorry about that guys – the British media is not that great at reporting celebs babies so its not always easy to figure these things out!

I am an Arsenal fan as well, so even more shameful!!! ;-)

Ani on

On wikipedia, it says bouchra gave birth to a baby girl. Wiki is always truthful isn’t it?
But then again reports back in Holland say its a boy called Shaquille.
What a unique name! I actually like it. All the best for them.

Sarah CBB News Editor on

Ani, unfortunately Wiki is not always right. It’s like IMDB in the fact that anyone can go in and edit it or add something.

Ani on

Oh I see, thanks Sarah. Yeah it’s definitly a boy, they were talking about it on the commentary today, Arsenal vs Newcastle.

Joanna on

Yes, it was also confirmed in the official programme notes at the Arsenal game on Saturday – definitely a baby boy named Shaqueel!

shahida samira hussain on

congrat 2 robin van persie 4 being a father n i fink he is goin 2 be a gr8 fatha coz he is a gr8 footbala n i wish all d luk 2 d fucha. as long as he nos im a gr8 fun of him n arsenal 4 lyf……………lol…..
4rm samira

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