The captains of the 18 Dutch clubs in the Eredivisie made contact to discuss the measures against the coronavirus being extended to April 28 and decided that they want the season to end with immediate effect. They consider the risk of infection to be too great. Ajax director Marc Overmars also wants the season to end, the Telegraaf reports.
Dutch professional football will attempt to complete the current season before August 3, a deadline set today by European football federation UEFA. The Dutch football association, KNVB, said that concluding the season within the timeframe will only be possible if it can restart play by about the end of June.
With the unsurprising announcement that the 2020 Olympics would be delayed a year, many athletes and trainers were still disappointed by the news. The Tokyo games were scheduled to for the upcoming summer, and the International Olympic Committee announced the setback on Tuesday.
Two-time gold medalist Dafne Schippers told television program DWDD that there are more important things than sport right now "People are dying. So we can talk about the positivity of sport but it really isn't that positive right now and I understand the decision completely".
With nine match days remaining in the Eredivisie, the top level of Dutch football, the country's football association, KNVB, said it is examining all options for the final 162 games left to play in the season. All matches were suspended as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country, which included a ban on all gatherings of a hundred people or more, and the shutdown of all sports clubs and their facilities.
The much anticipated Dutch Grand Prix, a race scheduled for May on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar, was postponed on Thursday along with the season's other races that month in Spain and Monaco. The decision was made as the number of coronavirus cases in the Netherlands continued to rise, and stricter government regulations domestically were followed by even more severe travel restrictions to the Schengen Area as a whole.
The world of sport should be added to the list of industries that are heavily hindered because of the domestic and international response to the coronavirus pandemic, said Gerard Dielessen, the head of the combined Dutch Olympic Committee and Sports Federation. “The sports sector will lose 950 million euros, a huge number,” Dielessen said on NPO Radio 1during an interview Wednesday morning.
He said he is lobbying for emergency funds to keep the Netherlands sporting world running. Dielessen plans to meet with members of the Dutch Cabinet to discuss this.
The European football championship, set to take place in June and July, has been delayed one full year. Three different matches in the early rounds of the Euro 2020 were to be played at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.
European football association UEFA hosted a meeting on Tuesday to decide what to do about the upcoming tournament, as more countries ban large gatherings to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. "This decision was taken unanimously by UEFA and the 55 affiliated unions, including the KNVB," the Dutch football association said in a statement.
The top stock market index traded in the Netherlands suffered its worst single-day loss since 1987. The AEX Index, a listing of the top 25 blue chip stocks on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange, lost 10.75 percent of its value on Thursday.
The index, which includes companies like KPN, Shell, Philips, and the country's top banks, has lost over 31 percent since hitting its all-time high on February 14 just before the coronavirus crisis hit Europe. The AEX closed on Thursday at 432.10, returning to levels last seen in October 2016.
All football matches scheduled to take place in the Netherlands will continue as planned, except for a handful of matches that were to be played in Noord-Brabant. The decision was made at an emergency meeting held at the headquarters of Dutch football association KNVB, about the same time that health agency RIVM revealed that 503 people in the country have tested positive for coronavirus.
Another 121 people in the Netherlands tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total Covid-19 diagnoses in the country up to 503, public health institute RIVM said on Wednesday. A 68-year-old person became the fifth Covid-19 fatality in the Netherlands. This patient had underlying health problems, the RIVM said.
A 38-year-old man was sentenced to six weeks in jail this week for striking a 10-year-old boy outside a grocery store in Dordrecht. The boy had asked the man for his collectible football stickers being given away as a store promotion when the violent incident occurred.
The boy was waiting outside of the Albert Heijn in the Stadspolder district on February 12th, asking many of the store's customers for the packets of stickers. The offender snapped, struck the boy, and then shoved him. He was arrested after store employees identified him to police.
Three entrepreneurs in Eindhoven have teamed up with political and academic leaders there to bring the all-electric race car series Formula E to the Noord-Brabant city. The organization Formula Eindhoven plans on submitting a bid for a race to be held at night during the 2021-22 race season, the group tells NL Times.
Feyenoord is all set to face FC Utrecht in the finals of the KNVB Beker, the annual Dutch football tournament, after they beat NAC Breda 7-1 last night in Rotterdam. Captain Steven Berghuis was instrumental to the victory, scoring a hat trick.
The first semi-final match of the KNVB Beker tournament shocked many in the football world as Ajax was knocked out of the competition by hosts FC Utrecht, 2-0. It was the third loss in the last four matches for the club from Amsterdam.
It was jubilation for the Utrecht side, who will find out their opponent in the final Thursday night when Feyenoord plays NAC Breda. A Feyenoord victory would give the Utrecht team a chance to avenge their cup final loss four years ago.
The Dutch football federation the KNVB have agreed to meet with Vitesse Arnhem after the club brought out a statement criticizing recent decisions by the video assistant referee, otherwise known as VAR, against them. Recently Vitesse said it was frustrated by inconsistent decisions against the club in its matches against PSV Eindhoven and PEC Zwolle.
As many as 100 people have been tested in the Netherlands for the Covid-19 strain of coronavirus, Dutch health authority RIVM told Parool. Among them are the husband and three children of an Amsterdam woman who tested positive for the virus on Friday, one of whom required a second test to rule out a possible false positive.
The Eredivisie football match between Willem II and FC Groningen will go ahead as planned at the Tilburg team's stadium Friday night. The first positive test result for coronavirus strain Covid-19 was reported in Loon op Zand, a few kilometers north of the Noord-Brabant city, and less than ten kilometers away from Koning Willem II Stadium, where the match will kick-off at 8 p.m.
Only a year on from when Ajax shocked the football world with a strong Champions League performance cut short in the semi-finals by a a stoppage-time goal, the Amsterdam side exited the Europa League in the tournament’s first knockout stage Thursday night. AZ Alkmaar was also knocked out by Lask Linz meaning that there are no Dutch teams left in European competition.
Though the Amsterdam side beat Getafe 2-1 at the Johan Cruyff Arena, it was not enough to overcome the aggregate score following a 2-0 loss in the first leg against the Spanish outfit from Madrid.
Star Ajax footballer Hakim Ziyech said he is looking forward to joining Chelsea after a transfer deal between the two teams was completed. Ziyech said he feels like this is the next step in his development as a player, he said in a video released by the Amsterdam club.
The celebration of Ajax winning the Eredivisie cup on the Museumplein in Amsterdam last May was twice nearly halted as the crowd came close to exceeding the vibration protocol - the measures in place to prevent the soil under the square moving and resulting damage to surrounding homes and museums, Het Parool reports.
Ajax fans will be accepted in the football stadium of Rotterdam-based arch rivals Feyenoord should both teams land in the finals for the KNVB Cup. Both teams are in the semi-finals for the Dutch trophy and would play each other at De Kuip stadium should they advance
The Public Prosecutor demanded two years in prison, eight months of which conditionally suspended against Jerry M. - an athletics coach accused of sexually abusing four underage girls. The man himself denies all charges against him, according to RTV Rijnmond reporter Paul Verspeek tweeting live from the courtroom.
Ron Jans is no longer the trainer of American club FC Cincinnati. He resigned over accusations of racism. According to the Dutch coach, he used the n-word while singing along to a rap song in the locker room. According to the club and American players' union MLSPA, there was more going on, NU.nl reports.
A complaint against Jans was filed with players' union MLSPA, and the soccer association in the United States MLS launched an investigation. Jans resigned awaiting the results of the investigation, the club announced on Monday.
Acrobat Kristina Vorobeva has been transferred to a rehabilitation center and continues to recover well after she fell 10 meters in the Amsterdam theater Carre during a circus performance in January. She can now move her legs slightly and hopes to be able to walk again. She credits her recovery to her husband, Rustem Osmanov. "Without him I would not have made it," she said in an interview with the Telegraaf.