Ziyech stripped of captaincy

FC Twente have stripped Hakim Ziyech of the captain’s armband after he criticized the club’s decision to sack coach Alfred Schreuder and indicated that he wanted to leave.

Following a controversial interview with De Volskrant in which the Moroccan international was critical of all aspects of the club, Twente made the decision to demote the 22-year-old.

The club’s director Ted van Leeuwen said in a statement, “Let this be a signal. As a group we have to form a whole, with only one purpose and that is avoid relegation. This requires a positive contribution from everyone.”