The KNVB is of course pleased that the public is welcome at the end of May for a full round of play in the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division.

The football association hopes that the experiment is the start of more.

On Tuesday it was announced that a limited number of fans are welcome at the Eredivisie games on 23, 24 and 25 April and that this is also the case with the Kitchen Champion Division duels on 30 April.

It means, among other things, that 7,500 supporters witness the top match Ajax-AZ.

"We are in close contact with the cabinet about the return of the public to the stadiums and all opportunities and possibilities that can speed up this process," said professional football director Eric Gudde in a statement on behalf of the KNVB.

"After the Fieldlab experiments in three matches, this is a very nice, new step: for the first time we have spectators in the stands at all matches during a round of play. The new legal framework for rapid tests must become active in May."

Earlier this season, the presence of the public was already tested at the World Cup qualifying match Orange-Latvia and the Kitchen Champion Division matches NEC-De Graafschap and Almere City-SC Cambuur.

Thirtieth game round Eredivisie

  • Willem II-RKC (2,000 fans)

  • Heerenveen-PEC (2,000 fans)

  • PSV-FC Groningen (4,000 fans)

  • Ajax-AZ (7,500 fans)

  • Sparta-VVV (2,000 fans)

  • ADO-Fortuna Sittard (1,700 fans)

  • FC Emmen-Heracles (1,200 fans)

  • FC Twente-FC Utrecht (4,000 fans)

  • Feyenoord-Vitesse (6,500 fans)

'Realistic that we end season as we started'

In addition to allowing the audience to attend a full round of play, fans of finalists Ajax and Vitesse may enter their club's stadium during the cup final on April 18 to watch the match on a big screen.

The final itself is played in an empty Cockpit.

Gudde is confident that this month's tests are the start of more.

"With some exciting rounds to go, it is realistic that this season will end as we started it: with fans in the stadiums cheering the players on."

Football fans allowed in must undergo a corona test within 24 hours before the match.

Anyone who has a negative result can show it at the stadium gate via the CoronaCheck app and can enter.

The spectators must adhere to the mandatory 1.5 meters distance in the stands.

See also: Remaining program top five Eredivisie

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