Dutch football association KNVB does not have to promote two football clubs out of the Eerste Divisie and into the top level Eredivisie after the football season was cut short, a court in Utrecht ruled on Thursday. The case was brought by the top two teams in the Eerste Divisie, SC Cambuur from Leeuwarden and De Graafschap from Doetinchem, which said they were unfairly penalized and that the KNVB did not stick to its own rules.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte asked consumers to show solidarity with the travel organizations and accept a voucher for a flight canceled due to the coronavirus crisis, instead of demanding a refund. Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health warned Dutch against going on "corona-proof" vacations being organized by travel company Corendon. And Minister Martin van Rijn for Medical Care and Sports said it may be possible for professional football to restart before September 1st.
Football clubs SC Cambuur and De Graafschap will definitely be challenging the KNVB's decision to freeze clubs where they are in the leagues, resulting in the two clubs missing their chance to move up to the Eredivisie. Both clubs have approached a lawyer to help them in their fight.
With reporting by Jamie de Geir.
Dutch football association KNVB made several controversial decisions to close out the 2019-20 season, prematurely cut short by the global health crisis. The association chose on Friday not to relegate two teams from the Eredivisie, nor to promote two teams from the Eerste Divisie. It also sparked anger from one club at the way in which it was cut out of European football competition for the upcoming season.
Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag are prepared to sue the Dutch football association KNVB if they are relegated to the Eerste Divisie, the second-highest tier of Dutch football, the club's lawyer Frans de Weger told television program Studio Voetbal this week.
The Dutch football federation KNVB is planning to resume its professional football season on June 19. For this to happen, clubs would need to start training by May 15, despite the fact that football has been banned until at least June 1. The mayors of several cities with football teams were not in agreement with the plans.
The KNVB's plans are dependent on updates regarding coronavirus distancing measures in place in The Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to update the nation on April 21 over these issues.
The top football players in the Netherlands joined Dutch football association KNVB and ING to create an 11 million euro fund to help rescue the country's professional and amateur football organizations. All football play has been on hold since March 12, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country.
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.
The number of people who have tested positive in the Netherlands for coronavirus rose by 1,019 to 7,431 in the past 24 hours. Of that total, 434 patients have died, an increase of 78 from statistics release on Wednesday, public health agency RIVM said.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 vast majority of professional football teams have not discussed what to do when spectators shout racist slurs from the stands, something that is a common occurrence in football in the Netherlands, according to a study by EenVandaag and players' union VVCS. They questioned 28 of the 38 captains in the Eredvisie and Eerste Divisie.
Dutch football association KNVB and the government are finalizing the measures they are taking to fight racism in football stadiums, and will likely present them next week, newspaper AD reports. Their measures include more cameras and a football app to report abuses, among other things.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is meeting with football association KNVB on Thursday to discuss how to tackle racism on and along the fields. The government is expected to propose more cameras, to make it easier to recognize supporters who misbehave. The KNVB will likely impose longer stadium bans on misbehaving supporters, sources told NOS.
Two incidents of football supporters shouting racist remarks at players this weekend left Prime Minister Mark Rutte furious. In both cases black players were either called or linked to Zwarte Piet - a blackface character from the Netherlands' Sinterklaas celebration. "It makes you hopeless, doesn't it", Rutte said on Monday, RTL Nieuws reports. "This society cannot go further if we treat each other this way."