The KNVB responded with great disappointment on Thursday to the decision of the caretaker cabinet not to extend the national pilot with access tests.

As a result, no supporters are welcome at Eredivisie matches for the time being.

"In all contacts with 'The Hague' it was invariably indicated that football was actually part of the solution. If the successful pilot project is not continued in this way, then we can unfortunately only conclude that this pilot was just a blank. "According to a joint statement from the KNVB, the Eredivisie CV and the Eerste Divisie.

Last weekend, supporters were welcome for the first time since September 2020.

Fans had to have themselves tested for COVID-19 in advance and the stadiums were only partly filled, but the clubs were enthusiastic and the KNVB also concluded that everything went fine at the stadiums.

The football association therefore asked the caretaker cabinet to extend the national pilot, but after days of uncertainty it was decided not to continue.

"This cannot be explained to the clubs and fans. Certainly not that incomplete round 36 of the Kitchen Champion Division", the KNVB refers to two of the ten matches in the Eerste Divisie that have to be played without fans this weekend.

A limited audience is only welcome at the races on April 30.

Davy Klaassen was able to celebrate his goals against AZ last Sunday with supporters, but that will be different on Sunday.

Davy Klaassen was able to celebrate his goals against AZ last Sunday with supporters, but that will be different on Sunday.

Photo: Pro Shots

Supporters association Ajax is disappointed

We are currently awaiting the amendment of the Public Health Act, which should ensure that test certificates can be used temporarily for access to sports competitions, for example.

It will take a while before that legislative change is implemented, so clubs are still dependent on pilots like last week's.

The cabinet decision means, among other things, that Ajax must finish the champion match against FC Emmen on Sunday (kick-off at 2.30 pm) without the presence of supporters.

One point is enough for the team from Amsterdam to become national champion for the 35th time in history.

"We find this decision extremely disappointing", says Fabian Nagtzaam of the Ajax supporters association.

"We have been calling since August 2020 that testing events should take place. Now that this has finally happened and proved successful, such a decision cannot be explained to our supporters."

Games in 31st round Eredivisie

  • Heracles Almelo-VVV-Venlo (Saturday 4.30 pm)

  • Fortuna Sittard-FC Twente (Saturday 6.45 pm)

  • RKC Waalwijk-AZ (Saturday 8 p.m.)

  • Vitesse-PEC Zwolle (Saturday 8 p.m.)

  • FC Utrecht-Willem II (Saturday 9 p.m.)

  • ADO The Hague-Feyenoord (Sunday 12.15 pm)

  • Ajax-FC Emmen (Sunday 2.30 p.m.)

  • FC Groningen-Sparta Rotterdam (Sunday 2.30 p.m.)

  • PSV-sc Heerenveen (Sunday 4.45 p.m.)