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.
A huge smoke bomb set off among the audience of the PSV vs Ajax Eredivisie match at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Sunday, left 15 people injured. The first aid team had to treat 10 supporters, four security guards and a steward for respiratory problems and burning eyes, ANP reports.
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.
Football lawyer Frank van Ardenne is advising the 326 Feyenoord supporters arrested before the match against Roda JC in Rotterdam on Sunday, not to pay the fines imposed on them. "He who pays the fine pleads guilty and gets a criminal record", the lawyer said
The 26-year-old Ajax fan arrested on Sunday for lynching a doll made to look like Feyenoord player Kennet Vermeer, was released on Tuesday. He will be allowed to await his trial in freedom. No trial date has been set as yet
An Ajax supporter was arrested after the Ajax vs Feyenoord match in the Amsterdam ArenA on Sunday for lynching a black-skinned doll wearing a jersey with the name of Feyenoord player Kenneth Vermeer. Ajax also imposed a stadium ban on the supporter, the Amsterdam team announced after the match
The Public Prosecutor demanded a 2 year prison sentence, six months suspended, against 21 year old Roy L. for throwing a mortar bomb at the police during the Feyenoord riots in Rome in February. One Italian police officer was injured.
The Ajax supporters club plans to sue the municipality of Utrecht over the ban Mayor Jan van Zanen placed on Ajax fans attending the match against FC Utrecht in the city on December 13th. They hope that a court will overturn the ban.
Authorities imposed 962 stadium bans against unruly fans last football season, with over 400 being told they are not welcome for two seasons. Evidence from the annual 2014-2015 season meeting of the Central Information Point for Football Hooliganism (CIV) showed that the number of stadium bans has risen through the combined efforts the police, prosecution and Dutch football association KNVB to welcome a safer football experience, police said in a statement on Thursday.
The Public Prosecutor and the KNVB are advocating for digital tracking of football hooligans. The digital reporting obligation for hooligans will be discussed in the Eerste Kamer (Senate) today during the treatment of a new version of the Dutch football law, the Volkskrant reports.