The Netherlands opens the door to a European Championship with public

The Minister of Health of the Netherlands, Hugo de Jonge, said today that the Government is studying the possibilities to allow fans access to the stands of the Johan Cruyff Arena for the four games of the final phase of the Eurocup that will be played in Amsterdam .

“With the access tests you can let more people into the stadium,” said the president at a press conference and added that he hopes “that it will be possible to play with the public, with as many people as possible.”

According to De Jonge, Sports Minister Tamara van Ark “is in full discussion with the Royal Netherlands Football Federation about the European Championship” and the Government as a whole is seeing “what we can make possible by then”.

De Jonge did not explain if “access tests” refers only to tests to detect Covid-19 or if the eventual digital certificate of vaccines prepared by the European Commission to reactivate the tourist season this summer will also be valid.

In twelve cities

The Eurocup will be played in twelve different cities, including Bilbao, and Amsterdam will host three Group C matches (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia) between June 13 and 22 and a round of 16 match on June 26. of June.

As a test, the presence of 5,000 fans will be allowed next Saturday in the qualifying match of the Qatar World Cup 2022 between the Netherlands and Latvia at the Johan Cruyff Arena, an experiment that will require attendees to undergo a rapid test before access the stadium.

In the Eredivisie, in May?

The Royal Netherlands Football Federation welcomed the minister’s statements in a statement and expressed its hope that fans will be allowed in the stands for the final days of the Eredivisie in May.