The next day of the Eredivisie Dutch will be played again behind closed doors after the Government decided not to extend the pilot test last week, when the public returned partially to the stadiums after presenting a negative test of Covid-19.
“This decision is very disappointing. Everything went very well during the previous day “, said today in a joint statement the director of the Royal Netherlands Football Federation, Eric
Gudde, and its counterpart from the Eredivisie, Jan
Last week, stadiums in the Netherlands were able to fill 10-15% of their capacity as long as attendees presented a negative rapid test of Covid-19, a pilot test authorized by the Government and also carried out in other sports venues.
Those studies were in line with the experiment of March 27, in the Netherlands-Latvia, when 5,000 attendees were allowed into the Johan Cruyff Arena.
According to the Dutch federation, the experience accumulated so far shows that “there are almost no infections in the open air and, thanks to the spaciousness of the stadiums, the fans can maintain a sufficient safety distance throughout the game”.
“We will continue in talks with the Government to jointly seek a better solution,” added the highest Dutch football body, whose hope is in the approval of emergency legislation that allows a limited capacity in stadiums after presenting a negative test, just as it was done in the experiments.
We will continue in talks with the Government to find a better solution
However, “if the law comes into force in the second half of May, the competition will be over,” the federation warned.
Limited audience in Second
Paradoxically, tomorrow’s eight Second Division matches will be able to be played with a limited audience because those matches are part of the pilot tests already scheduled by the Executive.