As already trickled through Monday evening and Tuesday morning, the KNVB sees no reason to temporarily stop the competition in top amateur football. The football association has just released a statement about this.
“The most important thing is that sports can continue, for the sport, for the clubs and for the players. It is safe and responsible to play football. Not only the KNVB thinks this, but NOC * NSF and all sports associations in the Netherlands think so. Exercise is healthy and important in these times ”, the KNVB writes on its website. “The interest groups of the Second and Third Divisions (CVTD), the Central Body for Major Classes (COH) and the Interest Organization for Amateur Football Associations (BAV) endorse the importance of continuing to play football.”
Jan Dirk van der Zee, director of amateur football, now mentions the pain for many clubs: “We are happy that we can continue to play football, but this has enormous financial consequences for the clubs and it hurts club life a lot. Unfortunately, we cannot escape these measures. ”
It is striking that the KNVB assumes that the public will be able to play again in three weeks and the canteens can be reopened: ,, We assume that if everyone adheres to the new measures, the sports parks and canteens will be can safely open to the public again. ”
“The loss of income from the public and canteens will often not be able to absorb sports clubs without loss. That is why, together with NOC * NSF, we will quickly enter into discussions with the government about the required compensation for our associations. In that consultation we will determine whether the third support package will be sufficient for the sports world, or whether extra support is needed for associations, ”the association concludes on its website.
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