The KNVB is in discussion with ING and the Eredivisie CV (ECV) about setting up an emergency fund to help football clubs that get into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis.

A spokesman for the KNVB cannot explain to the on Tuesday about the details of the emergency fund. According to the AD , the talks are currently about the Eredivisie, but the rest is expected to follow.

Football in the Netherlands will still stand still until April 6 due to the outbreak of the corona virus, but it is expected that the cabinet will take further measures on Tuesday evening and that the competitions cannot be resumed for the time being.

ING has been the main sponsor of the KNVB since 1996. In this way, the bank supports the Dutch national team, the Orange women, amateur football and G-football, but this may also soon apply to the Eredivisie.

Many clubs have applied for working time reduction

No club in the Netherlands has yet indicated that they will no longer make it financially, but many, including PSV, have applied for short-time working hours, so that there are no forced layoffs among the staff.

The KNVB takes into account three scenarios regarding this season in the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division; play the competitions before June 30, after June 30 (requiring permission from UEFA) or cancel.

An emergency fund has already been used in various foreign competitions. For example, the Spanish football association RFEF has made no less than 500 million euros available for clubs that can no longer keep their heads above water.

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