Henk Markerink, director of the Johan Cruijff Arena, confirms that the management of Ajax has tapped the leadership of the ArenA. Cooperation between the two parties is running stiff. Partly because of this, Ajax wants to get the Arena into its own hands.
In conversation with De Cceit Markerink refuses to go deep into the heated relationship between the management of the stadium and Ajax. However, the Arena-director admits that the management of the Amsterdammers gave a tap on the fingers to the leadership of the Arena. “But that is a crie de coeur (heart cry, red) by Van der Sar,” says Markerink.
“There is emotional charge around this dossier,” the director admits. “Covid plays a role, everyone is struggling and that gives extra tension. We are now talking with Ajax and the municipality.”
Despite the apparent serious conflict, Markerink does not worry about the relationship between Ajax and the Arena. “If you look from a distance, there is a nice stadium and a nice club. In a relationship you always have some ups and downs.”