Keeping a distance of 1.5 meters and not singing or shouting, those are the two most important measures that football fans must adhere to at the start of the Eredivisie this weekend.

If things go wrong, the mayor can decide to play matches without an audience.

In the first round of the Eredivisie, which starts on Saturday, supporters will have to take a seat at 1.5 meters from each other in the stands.

Shouting, cheering and singing is not allowed, even if your club scores the winning goal in the last minute.

The clubs themselves are primarily responsible for enforcing the corona protocol.

Stewards must inform spectators who do not follow the rules about this.

The stadium speaker can also call on the public to behave better.

If that doesn't work, players and club security officials can turn to supporters.

This used to be the case with, for example, hurtful chants or the setting off of fireworks by supporters.

Fans who fail to adhere to the corona guidelines risk a three-month stadium ban.

That is the lightest penalty a club can impose on spectators.

Fans of ADO Den Haag keep a distance of 1.5 meters in the stands.

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Mayor can close stadium, just like a pub

If there are excesses, where fans flout the rules on a large scale, the mayor can decide to close a stadium for a certain period of time.

That approach does not differ with, for example, the catering industry.

During Corona time, several bars and restaurants were closed for several weeks by order of the mayor, because the corona rules were not properly observed.

The KNVB has only limited influence on the enforcement of the corona rules.

The football association can choose to convert a stadium ban imposed by a club into a national stadium ban.

There is also a disciplinary system, which allows for fines or punishments for duels without an audience.

This can also be used if clubs fail to comply with the corona protocol, as the KNVB also does if a club does not take sufficient action in offensive chants or the setting off of fireworks.

Spectators under the age of eighteen do not have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters, as here in a practice game of FC Utrecht.

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'If this goes well, more fans can join later'

"These rules were already in force at all practice matches of the Eredivisie clubs and the first matches in the Kitchen Champion Division," said a spokesperson for the KNVB.

"That went very well and gives us the confidence that things will also go well during the Eredivisie matches."

The spokesperson emphasizes that clubs and supporters have the same interest.

"Everyone knows what is at stake. We have to get through this phase and if this goes well, more public can be admitted in the future. And eventually the stadiums will be full again."

For now, the stands will be about one third full.

People who belong to the same household are allowed to sit next to each other.

This also applies to children up to the age of eighteen.

To avoid crowds around the stadium, many clubs will allow the public to enter and exit in phases.

A steward from De Graafschap asks the spectators to stay in the box for a while afterwards.

(Photo: Pro Shots)

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