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Spain, Netherlands players appear to mock haka ahead of Women's World Cup

Spain and Netherlands players have been filmed appearing to mock the Maori haka ahead of the Women's World Cup.

The tournament is set to take place in Australia and New Zealand, whose rugby teams perform a haka before matches, from July 20.

A video of four Spain players attempting the traditional dance briefly appeared on the national team's social media channels before being taken down.

The clip was taken during the team's first training session in Auckland on Saturday night, shortly after they had arrived in the country to begin their preparations for the tournament.

Last week, the Dutch national team also drew criticism for posting a video of a team member appearing to mock the haka on Instagram.

FIFA said in a short statement: "As this is a team matter we won't be making any comment."

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