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.
Athletes have a better chance of getting hurt playing on artificial turf than on natural grass, according to a study done by television program Radar. Athletes running on grass have a 27 percent chance of getting hurt. On turf there is a 44 percent chance.
The Netherlands baseball team won the European championship for the 22nd time on Sunday by beating Spain 3-2 in the finals in Hoofddorp
Michael van Praag will not succeed ousted Frenchman Michel Platini as the president of UEFA. On Wednesday the 68-year-old Amsterdam man lost the presidency election in Athens to Slovenia's Aleksander Ceferin
In a massive act of kindness during the Eredivisie match between Feyenoord and ADO Den Haag in Rotterdam on Sunday, ADO fans showered hundreds of teddy bears on sick children seated in the tier below them. Some ADO Den Haag supporters found out that Feyenoord invited patients from the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam to come watch the match in De Kuip Stadium, and that they'd be sharing the away end with these patients. On Twitter the group of supporters called on the other ADO supporters to make this day an extra special day for the kids. "A call to all away supporters.
A total of 20 people were arrested around a not-very-well-attended Pegida demonstration in The Hague on Sunday. Among them was leader of the anti-Islam group Edwin Wagensveld, who was arrested again for wearing a swastika on his shirt
Lisa Kruger won the first gold medal for the Netherlands at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The 16-year-old swimmer clocked 1.15,49 in the 100 meter breaststroke in the SB9 class, thereby just missing breaking the world record of 1.15,47 she set earlier that day
On Wednesday Ajax supporter Ferdi T. was sentenced to 60 hours of community service for lynching a doll made to look like Feyenoord goalkeeper Kenenth Vermeer during a match between the two teams early this year. The court also imposed a stadium ban of two years. The 27-year-old man was found guilty of insulting and threatening Vermeer, NU.nl reports.
Dutch football association KNVB wants to kick amateur clubs caught committing tax fraud out of the league, Jan Dirk van der Zee, director of amateur football at the KNVB, said in a broadcast of Zembla on Wednesday