A hellish job awaits the KNVB: in the already packed program until the end of the season, two make-up matches have to be scheduled for Sparta. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the remainder of the discontinued clash between Vitesse and the Rotterdam team.
By Jeffrey van der Maten
Due to storm Eunice that raged over the Netherlands on February 18, all matches in professional football were canceled. In addition to the matches in the Kitchen Champion Division, a catch-up date also had to be found for the relegation cracker Fortuna Sittard – Sparta. As far as that game is concerned, the KNVB has now almost agreed on a new match day, which will appear in the agenda of the clubs in the short term.
It is important to catch up with that match as soon as possible, to make the competition as fair as possible.
A new date must also be found for the last six minutes of the canceled match between Vitesse and Sparta. The basic principle of the KNVB is to allow at least two days between matches. ,,And that’s quite a puzzle”, agrees competition affairs manager Jan Bluyssen. ,,It is important to catch up with that match as soon as possible, to make the competition as fair as possible.”
According to Bluyssen, skewed growth in the ranking is highly undesirable. “That is really a knot in the stomach. It is disadvantageous for Sparta and Vitesse, but also for all other clubs. The competition is fairest when all clubs have played an equal number of matches. That is why we prefer to find a new date as soon as possible.”
However, there is still uncertainty about this. The remainder will not be finished in any case in the next two weeks, because Vitesse is waiting for a diptych with AS Roma in the Conference League. If the Arnhem team manage to reach the quarterfinals, the focus may even have to be towards the end of the competition. Bluyssen: ,,That’s why we have to ask ourselves whether we want to plan that match with the risk that it is not possible. We will look into that in the coming days.”
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