Netherlands’ clash against Norway behind closed doors

Fri 12 November 2021 | 20:58

Netherlands goes back into lockdown and their match against Norway will be behind closed doors.

Caretaker Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced a three-week lockdown following the increase of covid-19 cases in the country, and this means that there are going to be new restrictions for all the professional sports matches in the country.

Before the announcement of the new covid-19 lockdown, the Eredivisie had announced that all the domestic league games would be played behind closed doors, which means that Netherlands’ clash against Norway, which will be on Tuesday, will be without supporters too.

"This looks like policy poverty,"

the league said in a statement which was co-signed by the KNVB (Dutch FA) and the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the country's second tier.

"People in The Hague no longer know what to do.

"It is with great dismay that we have taken note of the possible new corona measures. It is more than frustrating to see the cabinet is apparently not looking at the source of infections.

"These did not take place in the stadiums, as has been demonstrated several times, and yet the line is drawn first on professional football.

"We have invested tens of thousands of euros per location to make everything corona-proof. Hundreds of matches have been played with the public since the first lockdown and not a single match has led to major corona infections.

"We follow the current developments regarding coronavirus, but the measures that have just been announced that affect professional football have no positive effect because there are already no sources of infection in the stadiums.

"Playing in front of a crowd forms the basis of professional football and football fans have been unable or hardly able to attend matches for a year and a half. They are once again the victims of a failed government policy. Football is not the problem, but now seems to be punished again."

source: SportMob

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