Dutch footballer Khalid Boulahrouz and wife Sabia are mourning the loss of their infant daughter Anissa, who died Wednesday several hours after her premature birth. Khalid — on loan for the Euro 2008 tournament from Chelsea — intends to stay with his national squad despite the tragedy, and is scheduled to play in the Netherlands quarter-final game against Russia this weekend in Switzerland. At a press conference yesterday, coach Marco van Basten said the 26-year-old defender "indicated … that he had given the events a special place" and "wants to move on." He added,
[Khalid] told me, ‘I am a football player and I am available on Saturday.’
Source: The Canadian Press
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