Jan de Jong, director of the Eredivisie CV, does not like the idea of Minister Ferd Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to give clubs where it often goes wrong with supporters. “It is a non-committal comment that scores well. But the minister is not about that at all.”
Grapperhaus stated in an interview with this site on Saturday that he sees something in points deductions for clubs that have to deal with supporter violence several times. ,,I will certainly discuss this with the KNVB. If a club does not have its finances in order, it can be deducted points. That should also be possible if safety is not in order.”
Eredivisie director responded to the interview on Sunday morning on the ESPN program Good morning Eredivisie. “Ministers in this country are about a lot, but that’s not what it’s about,” said De Jong. “In football we have independent disciplinary courts, where the sanction for a club is ultimately determined.”
De Jong states that the Grapperhaus is ‘his right’ to find something. ,,But in the letter he sent to the House of Representatives on Friday, which was twelve pages, there is no word about deduction of points. It’s in the letter because he knows that’s not what politics is about. So it is a non-committal comment, which scores well. He thinks, ‘I’ll just put my stamp on that.’ But luckily, football itself is about it.”
No miracle cure
Grapperhaus acknowledged in the interview that points deduction is ‘not a panacea’. ,,It can certainly contribute, but some rioters are just destructive types, who have no heart for the club. In addition: if five or six clubs get points deductions, what competition do we have left?”
The minister also places the responsibility with the clubs themselves. “If football does not say: we are going to take our own disciplinary measures, impose stadium bans ourselves and stop the game in the event of disturbances or discrimination, it will be chaos. Then we as government also say ruthlessly: the match is cancelled.”
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