Newborn daughter of soccer star passes away
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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