Louis van Gelder has defended the use to which the Dutch football coach has given a footballers baton during games.
In an interview with ESPN, Van Gelder said he had used a baton “to restrain a player to a position where it could be verified he had not been hit in the head” but that he did not “believe in torture”.
Van Gelder also said that “torture, as I understand it, is not prohibited” but it was only when it had been used that he had been “concerned”.
Van Gaal has repeatedly defended the tactics employed by Dutch coach Louis van ‘t Hooft in which he has used a player’s head to be batoned to the ground.
Van Gelders defence comes amid growing pressure on the Dutch Football Association to apologise for the use.
The federation, which is chaired by Van Gaal, admitted last month that it had not followed all of its own regulations.
“We are trying to understand what we have done wrong and have asked for clarification,” the federation said.
Van Gaal said in his interview that he was “totally satisfied” with the baton tactics.
“I am totally satisfied with the technique,” he said.
“That’s what I’m proud of, that I use it to restrain a players head, but I also like to punish players who don’t obey.”
It’s not a punishment but a punishment and it’s a good punishment because if it doesn’t work you have to try again.
“But it doesn’ affect the players head or the players’ behaviour.”
Asked if he believed torture was a crime, Van Gaal said: “Yes.”
The Dutchman, who was the first ever manager to win the World Cup, is currently embroiled in an investigation into possible tax fraud by former club FC Utrecht.
He was also accused of breaching his contract with the Dutch national team by refusing to play a player who had been suspended from the national team for drug-related offences.
The FA’s governing body, the European football association, is investigating whether the Dutch federation violated Fifa’s anti-corruption code by not properly monitoring the conduct of Van Gelden.
The Dutch FA said in a statement: “We are aware that there is an ongoing investigation by the Dutch Anti-Corruption Authority (Oberdamse) into the conduct by our football association in relation to the player’s suspension.”
“We will take appropriate action as needed to ensure that this investigation does not jeopardise the progress of the investigation,” it added.