Feyenoord has again made its own intervention to prevent new problems. The Eredivisie leaders have decided to shield the pitch with posts and nets on all four sides for the rest of their home games this season.
Next Sunday (8:00 p.m.) this will already apply during the match against RKC Waalwijk. The Rotterdam club is forced to take this drastic measure due to the announcement of new and strict protocols in the field of gaming security, which were communicated yesterday by the KNVB and which come into force immediately. Tonight FC Groningen – FC Utrecht is on the program at the start of matchday 28 of the Eredivisie. Wouter Gudde, general manager of FC Groningen, has already told RTV Noord that he is holding his breath over new problems, after almost every home game went wrong in recent weeks.
The new KNVB regulations dictate that repeated misbehavior from the public, such as throwing objects, can lead to permanent abandonment of matches. Given this, Feyenoord does not want to take any risk, especially taking into account the great sporting interests that exist for the club in the competition.
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Feyenoord will play four more home games in the Eredivisie, in which it has an eight-point lead over pursuers Ajax and PSV after 27 games. Feyenoord is also still in the Europa League, in which AS Roma is the next opponent. The club already announced yesterday that the 2,000 seats in sections Z1 to Z4 of the parterre will be empty for next Thursday’s game at home.
Feyenoord is now in consultation with ESPN to make the best image record possible, despite the very short time the television channel has to adapt to this new situation. During the Clásico on Sunday, January 22 (1-1) in the Premier League, many viewers complained about the high camera angle.
For the Clásico in the quarter-finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup, Feyenoord decided to omit the nets on the side of the benches, so that the camera position would remain the same. It meant that Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen could be hit shortly after half-time by a lighter thrown from the crowd, after which El Clásico was halted for half an hour.
“It is a fact that this will have an impact,” an ESPN spokesperson says of Feyenoord’s decision. ,,That goes for the people in the stadium, who have to look at the nets and the posts, but it seems inevitable that you will also see that on television. The decision has a major impact on our operation, so we must act quickly. And that’s what we’ll do.”
Watch Willem van Hanegem on Feyenoord – Ajax here.
Feyenoord’s remaining home games this season
Sunday April 9: Feyenoord – RKC
Thursday April 13: Feyenoord – AS Roma
Sunday April 23: Feyenoord – FC Utrecht
Sunday May 14: Feyenoord – Go Ahead Eagles
Sunday May 28: Feyenoord – Vitesse
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