R'dam mayor threatens Feyenoord with empty stadium over misbehaving fans
Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam wrote a letter to Feyenoord regarding the behavior of some of the football club's supporters during a match against FC Twente on Sunday. If fans continue to violate the coronavirus rules, Feyenoord will play future home matches in an empty stadium, the mayor warned, NU.nl reports.
On Sunday, a number of the 13 thousand spectators in De Kuip stopped maintaining social distancing with one another, and sang and cheered, which is against the rules.
Aboutaleb ordered Feyenoord to expand its security team in the stadium by 25 persons. And if the rules are violated again, he will take steps like banning spectators from the stadium.
On Monday, Prime Minister Mark Rutte also spoke out against the supporters not following the rules, saying that they should have "just shut up", though he mitigated his tone later.
Feyenoord already said on Sunday that the team was disappointed by the incident and announced that additional stewards will be deployed at upcoming Eredivisie matches to help enforce compliance with the rules.