The KNVB hopes that this season it will be possible to play football again with the public in stadiums.

On Monday, the football association, together with the Eredivisie CV and the Kitchen Champion Division, asks the outgoing cabinet to discuss this in an open letter.

According to the KNVB, the clubs in professional football lost 200 million euros in income last year.

The red figures increase even further every week.

"We maintain intensive contact with the cabinet about the return of the public to the stadiums and all opportunities and possibilities that can speed up this process. It cannot go fast enough for us, provided of course it is safe and responsible for all involved", the KNVB writes. .

The football association has identified a number of developments that could quickly make the return of the public possible.

The corona vaccines are proving to be effective and the number of vaccines used is increasing rapidly, reducing the pressure on healthcare.

During the corona press conference on Monday evening, outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced only a few minor relaxation due to the still emerging British variant of the virus and an imminent third wave.

However, the Prime Minister did promise that more measures could be reversed in the near future, provided the contamination figures allow this.

More than a thousand fans of Almere City recently visited the match against SC Cambuur at a Fieldlab test.

More than a thousand fans of Almere City recently visited the match against SC Cambuur at a Fieldlab test.

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KNVB is open to corona passport

The KNVB hopes that professional football can also benefit from this.

Rapid tests and a corona passport are options to speed up the return of audiences.

Recently there were tests of Fieldlab Events with more than a thousand spectators at two duels in the Kitchen Champion Division.

Rutte expressed the hope that the catering industry may be able to open the terraces again after March 31.

According to the KNVB, the stadiums could then also be open with a limited audience.

"People can enjoy each other on a terrace in the open air, 1.5 meters apart. That is exactly what we have to offer our audience."

"Let's not forget that the almost 130 games that were played with a limited audience at the start of the season went very well", emphasizes the KNVB.

"Thanks to all the protocols and investments, there are no known cases of people getting infected in a stadium."

The KNVB hopes that, among other things, the final of the TOTO KNVB Cup between Vitesse and Ajax on April 18, the denouement of the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division and the play-offs for European football and promotion / relegation can again be played in partly filled stadiums. to become.