Feyenoord coach Dick Advocaat is counting on his team to be able to play the possible final of the play-offs for European football in De Kuip on Saturday.

The municipality of Rotterdam does not want that because the final of the Eurovision Song Contest will also take place in the city.

According to the municipality, there is not enough police available to hold both events at the same time in Rotterdam.

They have also informed the KNVB, which is in consultation with Feyenoord about the alternatives.

The final may then be moved to a different city.

"I cannot imagine that the mayor (Ahmed Aboutaleb, ed.) Finds the Eurovision Song Contest more important than Feyenoord, or he should not understand football," said Lawyer on Tuesday at his press conference prior to Wednesday's semi-final. house against Sparta Rotterdam.

"In any case, I have football higher. If you see how many people watch football compared to the Eurovision Song Contest ... That is for a limited number of people. But I will not get involved in this discussion. I will leave that to the scholars about. "

De Kuip will be filled with 6,500 supporters during Feyenoord-Sparta.

De Kuip will be filled with 6,500 supporters during Feyenoord-Sparta.

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'Good thing that there is an audience again'

There is an audience present at the play-off matches for European football and promotion / relegation.

Feyenoord-Sparta has 6,500 fans.

Because all rounds are played over one game and only home supporters are welcome, the home team seems to have an advantage.

"It is a good thing that the audience can be present again. It is difficult to estimate what it means to play almost an entire season without fans," said Advocaat, who enjoyed little of his last season as a club trainer. the entourage.

"When you arrive at the opponent's stadium with the player's bus, you don't see anyone standing there. You are pushed into the dressing room and the reserves have to change in the hallway. That is not part of football, so hopefully everything can be done again in August. get off to a good start. "

Feyenoord-Sparta starts on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in De Kuip and is led by referee Jochem Kamphuis.

The winner will compete against FC Utrecht or FC Groningen in the final and the overall victory provides a ticket for the preliminary rounds of the new Conference League.

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