Ajax decided to melt their Eredivisie trophy to make “champion stars” and share it with the fans who could not be present at the stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dutch league winnersAjax
have made more than 42,000 “champion stars” from the trophy which will be given to their season-ticket holders.
Each star has 0.06 of the trophy, out of its total 3.45 grams.
Edwin Van Der Sar
, Ajax’s general director, said:
“This season, we have largely had to play without our fans.
“Well, without them sitting in the stands, at least. Despite this, we have felt their support every week.
“On the way to the stadium, on social media and in our personal contacts.
“Previously, when we said ‘this title is for you’ we were expressing how we were doing it for the fans. However, sharing the trophy is the ultimate proof that we really are.
“After a turbulent year, we are ensuring our fans feel part of our championship.”
Ajax won their 35th Eredivisie title this season and are sitting top of the table with 14 points in their advantage. There are only two games left.
30 of the 34 matches of the club have been played in empty stadiums due to the pandemic.
“Playing in an empty stadium doesn’t compare with an atmospheric Johan Cruyff Arena.
“We have really missed our supporters over the past season here in Amsterdam and during all our matches.
“We therefore want to dedicate this title to our fans and can’t wait to play in front of them again.”
Ajax were given another trophy by the Dutch Football Association as an exception.