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KNVB to discuss extreme weather with supporters and clubs

KNVB Media
KNVB Media
10 December 2017, 23:30

Due to extreme wintry conditions, two Sunday fixtures were cancelled: Sparta Rotterdam - Vitesse and FC Utrecht - Feyenoord - Foto: KNVB Media

In response to this weekend’s extreme weather conditions and the lack of clarity given to many supporters about postponements, the KNVB will soon organise a meeting with all parties involved.

Like all football fans, the KNVB is disappointed about the late postponement of a number of fixtures at the weekend. It emphasizes with the many supporters who were kept in the dark about these matches for a long time.


Efforts are underway to call a meeting of experts to discuss this issue.

On Sunday, 10 December, the KNVB contacted the Supporters collective and the clubs involved to discuss the disruption caused by heavy snow and ice. The KNVB also wants the clubs that were not affected and local authorities to be part of these discussions, so that joint action can be taken to prevent such unclear situations in the future. Efforts are underway to get a group of delegates together soon to discuss this issue.

Currently, the KNVB and the home clubs share responsibility for conditions on the pitch and inside the stadium. The municipal authorities are responsible for everything that happens outside the stadium. Evidently, the KNVB, the clubs and the municipal authorities are in close contact with each other if and when the situation requires this, as in this case.

The home clubs have worked hard to allow the fixtures to go ahead, but weather conditions made this impossible for two Eredivisie matches on 10 December. Decisions to cancel matches are never taken lightly. The KNVB always tries to ensure that competitions run as smoothly and fairly as possible. It also takes into account that the number of alternative fixture dates is limited and that many supporters may already be inside the stadium, as was the case on Sunday. Unfortunately, there was ultimately no other option than postponing two matches: Sparta Rotterdam - Vitesse Arnhem and FC Utrecht – Feyenoord Rotterdam.

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