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Belgian joy over World Cup berth irks separatists

Reuters, BRUSSELS

“It’s annoying for the Flemish separatists that the football team is doing so well,” Sinardet said. “Because no matter which way you look at it, it does create a Belgian national feeling.”

The team itself has stayed out of the debate, but its Brussels-born captain parodied De Wever’s mayoral acceptance speech in which he said “the city was everyone, but tonight especially for us.”

After Belgium beat Scotland, Vincent Kompany tweeted: “Proud of my team, proud of our fans, proud of our country ... Belgium is for everyone, but tonight especially for us.”

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