The KNVB Football Association has canceled the four Eredivisie games from Sunday afternoon. It concerns the matches FC Utrecht-Ajax, AZ-Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam-ADO The Hague and FC Emmen-FC Twente. All the duels in amateur football are also canceled.
“After frequent consultations with the clubs, municipalities, police and KNVB, it was concluded that the safety of the fans and players cannot be guaranteed due to the expected weather conditions,” the KNVB writes in a Saturday statement on the website.
The KNMI weather institute expects very strong gusts of wind speeds of 100 to 120 kilometers per hour on Sunday afternoon and evening and already issued Saturday’s code orange for Sunday. The KNVB therefore finds it irresponsible to let players and supporters come to and from stadiums and sports complexes.
The four Eredivisie games were scheduled for Sunday between 12.15 and 18.30. It is not yet clear when the matches will be made up. The KNVB will review all options in the coming days in consultation with clubs, local authorities and other stakeholders.
FC Utrecht-Ajax would start at 12.15 in Stadium Galgenwaard. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“Finding a catch-up date will be a big puzzle”
The football association calls finding a most favorable catch-up date a “big puzzle”. “But in choosing to cancel the games of Sunday, February 9, the safety of players and supporters is paramount.”
Partly due to the obligations of Ajax and AZ in the Europa League and the matches in the TOTO KNVB Cup – Ajax, AZ, FC Utrecht and Feyenoord are still in the cup tournament – there is little room left in the schedule to catch up with the duels.
All Saturday’s Eredivisie games will continue as usual. With FC Groningen-Vitesse (6:30 PM), PSV-Willem II, SC Heerenveen-VVV-Venlo (both 7:45 PM) and RKC Waalwijk-PEC Zwolle (8:45 PM), four duels are scheduled.