Van Dijk has made it clear he “totally accepts” the decision after letting his “frustrations get the better of me,” but he is hoping the six-figure sum goes to a good cause.
“It has been a hard and expensive lesson,” Van Dijk told the media ahead of the Netherlands’ fixture against Ireland.
“I can’t really say more about it. I have accepted it and I am happy that there is an end to it.
“I have been punished for it and I don’t think I have been set as an example. Hopefully the money goes to the right people. A good cause is always better.”
It was not that long ago, May, in fact, that Jurgen Klopp asked a similar question after being fined £75,000 for his comments regarding referee Paul Tierney.
“I would like to know, like always, where the money goes,” Klopp said. “If it’s for a good cause, I’m more than happy to pay it. If the FA keeps it, I think it’s a bit harsh.”
The FA insist they operate as a not-for-profit organisation, with all money generated through fines reinvested back into English football across all levels.
Van Dijk has, therefore, made a substantial contribution with his six-figure fine, but it is interesting to note that he feels he has not been “set as an example.”
His comments towards the match officials and the deserved punishment have been heavily debated since the incident, with many left feeling other players will not be handed similar sanctions in same set of circumstances.