Beerschot and KV Mechelen are satisfied now that Wednesday has finally clarified football in the province of Antwerp: they can train and play again like the other first division teams.
It was Minister of Sport Ben Weyts who gave the green light on Wednesday for Beerschot and KV Mechelen. Until then, it was uncertain whether football would be played in the province of Antwerp next weekend and group training was also not allowed.
“We are happy with this solution and we also understand that it took a little longer to make this decision,” said Frank Lagast, general manager of KV Mechelen.
“But we are happy that we can train normally again and that the same rules apply to all clubs in 1st class. We also think it is important that we can play our first home game in our own stadium, even though it is a pity that the fans are there can’t be there. ”
The same sounds with Beerschot. “It is a great relief that we can play and train again in our own accommodation. We are convinced that we can do that in a safe way,” said spokesman Sven Van den Abbeele.
“You prefer to play in your own stadium. Even without spectators I believe in the home advantage. Of course it remains a pity that there will be no fans.”
The Pro League emphasized on Wednesday that celebrating a goal together is out of the question. “We will brief our players about this,” it sounds at both clubs. “Football is emotion and should remain so, but we will do everything we can to make sure it happens safely.”