Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge have spoken: the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division will continue for the time being, but amateur football will be stopped in the coming weeks. The partial lockdown in the Netherlands has resulted in an extra headache for the KNVB: what should happen with the next round of play in the KNVB Cup, in which professionals and amateurs play?
Quick Boys and RODA ’46 worked on Tuesday evening – approximately 24 hours before the new measures will take effect – the last game of the cup preliminary rounds. The home team won 5-0 in front of empty Katwijk stands and is one of the 26 amateur clubs that can report in the first cup round.
But are the clubs from the Second and Third Division and all lower classes allowed to take action? The upcoming round of play is scheduled for Monday, October 26, Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28: at the end of the announced lockdown period, which will provisionally last two weeks.
The football association will therefore have to talk to the government. “The measures are always announced in broad terms, after which it is still necessary to consider the effect of these for some specific cases”, the KNVB said in a response to FootballPrimeur. “That also applies to the KNVB Cup, in which amateurs play against professional clubs.”
The progress of the Eredivisie for women also has to be discussed: the KNVB expects that the highest women’s level can also be played, the football association says. The football association made a statement on Tuesday after the press conference of Rutte and De Jonge. For the time being it is assumed that there will be a break of two weeks, but there is a good chance that the amateur competitions will be suspended for longer. ‘In consultation with NOC * NSF and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, we are working hard to clarify all measures for amateur football’, according to the KNVB.
(Hein Nooijens / VoetbalPrimeur)
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