Athletic events played on artificial turf mixed with rubber granules in the Netherlands does not significantly increase exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, states an unreleased report by Dutch health authority RIVM, according to the Telegraaf. Still, the agency recommends a wider scale international study of the rubber granules, often made by recycling automotive tires, as regulations governing the practice are inconsistent from country to country.
A top business investor lost control over the shares his company owns in Dutch football team ADO Den Haag in a key ruling issued Monday by the court at the Commercial Division of the Amsterdam courthouse. Chinese investor Hui Wang was suspended from his position as the head of the team’s Supervisory Board, the court determined today.
Kyocera is dropping out as sponsor for ADO Den Haag early next year, was revealed in court in Amsterdam on Thursday in a lawsuit filed by ADO Den Haag against it's main shareholder United Vansen and its owner Hui Wang, ANP reports.
Dutch football association KNVB also relegated ADO Den Haag to the worrisome category 1, which means that the club is now under the guardianship of the association.
The police arrested seven men for brawling prior to a football match between PEC Zwolle and FC Utrecht in Zwolle on Wednesday. The police believe that all arrested suspects are supporters of one of the two football teams, De Stentor reports.
The police responded to reports of a brawl on Rhijvis Feithlaan, at the height of Banginesingel on Wednesday afternoon. Several officers were already on site preparing for the football match. They were therefore able to stop the brawl soon after it began.
The management of the Amsterdam ArenA and the family of Johan Cruijff are nearing an agreement on naming the stadium after the football legend. According to newspaper AD, there is only one obstacle that needs to be cleared.
The obstacle in the way of the agreement is that the Cruijff family would prefer that the stadium does not also carry the name of a sponsor. They do not want Johan Cruijff's name and memory to be connected with a random company.
Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.
Architecture firm OMA presented its feasibility study for Feyenoord City on Wednesday. Feyenoord hopes to get 135 million euros from the municipality of Rotterdam for the new stadium, which will have capacity for 63 thousand spectators. The Rotterdam team hopes to start using the new football stadium on the Nieuwe Maas in 2022, NU.nl reports
Football club ADO Den Haag is suing its Chinese shareholder. During a general meeting of representatives on Tuesday, the club's lawyer hadned a subpoena to representatives of United Vansen demanding that the shareholders fulfill their financial obligations. The Chinese company owns 98 percent of the shares in the Hague football club, Voetbal International reports.
As expected, major shareholder Hui Wang was not present at the meeting. But his son Terry Wang received the subpoena.
A massive 58 out of 60 artificial turfs in the Netherlands containe a higher concentration of carcinogenic substances than are allowed in consumer products, NOS reports based on research by tire industry association VACO. VACO examined 50 artificial turf fields and NOS compared it to studies of another 10.
Rumours on social media say that Dutch football team Oranje is getting a new kit, and this time the kit is not in the well-loved bright orange... sort of. In reality, the design is a study and rendering from freelance graphic designer FC Design.
His kit is made to look like an oil painting, with brushwork reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh. While this seems like a nice idea, the picture of the proposed jersey was not well received on social media.
Health and Sport minister Edith Schippers wants the management of Dutch football club PSV Eindhoven to help Spanish authorities to track down the football fans who spent time aggressively taunting people begging for change on the streets of Madrid last March. She renewed her request just 12 days before the team is set to return to the city to face Atletico Madrid on Nov. 23.
The largest amateur football clubs in the Netherlands wrote a letter to Dutch football association KNVB in which they protest against the KNVB's plans to completely change youth football in the country. The KNVB's plans will negatively affect over 300 thousand young football players, according to the clubs, the Telegraaf reports.
Football club SCH from Nijmegen is taking disciplinary steps against players and the team involved in a brawl with Germania Groesbeek on Saturday. Several people were injured, two seriously enough to go to the hospital, the Gelderlander reports.
The Dutch tire industry will reimburse the costs of sports clubs who want to have their artificial turf studied, VACO and Association Band en Milieu announced. Clubs can independently have their turfs tested and the associations will pay them back, ANP reports.
The 2010 World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain was a "nightmare" to referee, former ref Howard Webb writes in his book The Man in the Middle. He even feared that the match, in which he gave Dutch player Nigel de Jong a yellow card instead of a red for a tackle - would cost him his career
Ajax decided to replace the artificial turf on four training fields in training complex De Toekomst. These turfs contain the much discussed rubber granules. And the Amsterdam team decided to rather remove the turfs as a precaution after a number of scientists expressed concerns about possible health risks to players
After only three of the ten qualifying matches for the World Cup, things are already not looking great for the Dutch team. Oranje lost to France 1-0 in Amsterdam on Monday
Football hooligans arrange to fight each other in the countryside or forested areas on a regular basis, Nieuwsuur reported on Sunday. Hardcore fans of, among others, Feyenoord, Fortuna Sittard and Standard Liege held dozens of these free-fights in recent years, according to the news program.
A number of amateur football clubs are cancelling matches and practices on artificial turf fields after reports that they may contain carcinogenic substances
Playing football on artificial turf may be dangerous to footballers' health, according to Zembla. Almost all artificial turf fields contain rubber granules, which have been linked to cancer.
The police arrested a total of seven people in the aftermath of a rival fan fight in the Tilburg stadium during a match between Willem II and Feyenoord. Two were arrested for a fight in the stadium during the match, the other five for refusing to follow police officers after the match. On of the later arrested suspects was the victim in the fight inside the stadium, the police said in a statement.
A league match between Willem II and Feyenoord was temporarily stopped on Sunday after fans started fighting each other in the stands. One fan was beaten up by several others and fell over the stands' railing
The video referee was called in to make a decision in the amatch between Feyenoord and FC Oss on Thursday night
KNVB director Michael van Praag thinks the rest of the KNVB supervisory board for professional football should resign. According to him, the board has a structural problem with providing information and things can not continue like this, he said on RTL Late Night on Monday.