Over 70 amateur football clubs in the Netherlands have noticed signals of organized crime trying to get a foothold in the club. These signals include dubious sponsors, people who offer drugs, and sponsors or lenders who want to remain anonymous, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research.
Dutch football association KNVB is stepping up the fight against discrimination and racism in amateur football. From this season onwards, discrimination reports will be registered separately, instead of under the 'border crossing behavior' category as in the past, a KNVB spokesperson said to NRC.
Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports.
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 number of violent incidents in amateur football is increasing in the larger cities, according to Dutch football association KNVB. The declining trend of the past years may very well be broken this season, spokesperson Hans van Kastel said
The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) opposes the recommendation of FIFA's advisory board to go ahead with the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but moving it to November and December instead of summer months. FIFA will make its final decision in March.
The Dutch Doping Authority (De Dopingautoriteit) received information of possible usage and distribution of methylhexamine within the amateur football club SV Spakenburg in July 2014. Acting on this information, De Dopingautoriteit launched an investigation in which over twenty people either directly or indirectly involved in the allegations were interviewed, and other written material was collected.
The number of incidents of excessive verbal and physical violence in amateur football has gone down ten percent this season compared with the season 2012-2013. The KNVB announced on Tuesday that this season there were 370 offenses committed, against 414 last season.