Rotterdam Mayor Aboutaleb warned Feyenoord of new breaches of the coronavirus rules by supporters. If this happens again, he believes there will be consequences for the number of spectators admitted to De Kuip. In the case of serious fouls, he even considers not admitting fans at all.
That is stated in a letter Aboutaleb wrote to Feyenoord. Yesterday, supporters were shouting, singing and cheering at the match against FC Twente, while according to the KNVB‘s corona protocol this is not allowed. According to Aboutaleb, the police and the municipality have also established that some of the fans did not comply with the other half rule.
Aboutaleb has already obliged Feyenoord to deploy 25 extra stewards and security guards from the next home game, next Sunday against ADO Den Haag. That is on top of the 380 that had been agreed earlier. “Feyenoord must specifically instruct the 25 extra people to maintain the 1.5-metre distance,” reports the Rotterdam City Council.
Stadium ban or quarantine
According to Aboutaleb, the municipality and the local security region are doing everything they can to promote compliance with the corona rules and he expects “the same attitude from Feyenoord”. He gives some suggestions for steps the club can take against fans who yesterday did not keep enough distance: imposing a stadium ban or an urgent call for quarantine.
Feyenoord and PSV fans cheered yesterday despite the ban:
Prime Minister Rutte also disapproves of the shouting by supporters. “Just shut up while you sit there and watch the game,” he said to RTL News earlier in the day.
Later he nuanced that statement. “I saw the images again and I shouldn’t have used that word. I should have said ‘keep your mouth shut’.”