Feyenoord critical of cabinet decision: ‘Not more unsafe than the supermarket’


Feyenoord understands that the cabinet is taking drastic measures to stem the advance of the corona virus. Nevertheless, general director Mark Koevermans of the Rotterdammers wonders how much it helps to ban the public in football.

“We are also shocked at how quickly the coronavirus is spreading again. Logically, public health comes first. In that sense, it is understandable that the cabinet is now taking several drastic measures in an attempt to turn the tide”, says Koevermans in a comment on the club site.

However, the Feyenoord director is not convinced of the decision to ban fans. “Of course there will be a little less travel if people do not come to the stadium. But there is no scientific evidence that the corridor to the football stadium would be more unsafe than, say, a visit to the supermarket. In fact, it looks like it would be. that outdoor events are much less of a potential source of infection than anything that happens indoors.

“The government itself also confirms that it is safer outside than inside,” continues Koevermans. “Precisely to prove this definitively, in the interest of football as a whole, but certainly also of all kinds of other outdoor events, we had just started a large-scale survey among our visitors with the Erasmus MC and Casper van Eijck. In the coming weeks, we will have to play without an audience. That is all the more difficult given the enormous efforts and substantial investments that our industry has made in recent months to organize matches safely. “

Koevermans thinks the financial blow is big for professional football. “In the coming weeks, clubs will have to tighten their already tightly tight belt again. And then just hope that playing without an audience will be limited to three weeks and especially that The Hague will not leave football in the cold now that clubs gradually get into really insurmountable problems. “

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