The supporters put too much effort into celebrating their team's victory.

Part of a grandstand of a football stadium collapsed Sunday in the Netherlands after a championship match between NEC Nijmegen and Vitesse Arnhem (0-1), without causing injury.

The lower part of the tribune of the Nijmegen stadium collapsed when a dozen supporters celebrated by jumping the victory of the Arnhem players, who came to greet their fans after winning the derby.

"As far as I know, there are no injuries," Wilco van Schaik, president of NEC Nijmegen, told Dutch public television NOS.

"I am very shocked"

According to the images, a container placed under the grandstand prevented it from collapsing completely.

"I am very shocked by what happened," said the mayor of Nijmegen, Hubert Bruls, who attended the match with his counterpart from Arnhem, Ahmed Marcouch.

“Fortunately, as far as we know, no one was injured.

I want an investigation to be carried out as quickly as possible, ”he added.

The current Goffert stadium (Goffertstadion), which has 12,500 seats, was inaugurated in 1999 and belongs to the municipality of Nijmegen.

“It was shocking,” said Arnhem defender Riechedly Bazoer.

“Fortunately, everyone survived,” he told NOS.

The federation wants an investigation

“A stadium that should be safe is collapsing.

This should be investigated ”, for its part reacted the KNVB football federation.

However, a spokesperson for the government agency responsible for investigating such incidents said it has not yet been decided whether an investigation will be opened.

“It's too early to say anything about this now,” he said, also quoted by NOS.


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