FC Utrecht is not satisfied with the postponement of the competition match of the Domstedelingen against AZ. The KNVB decided to move the opening game in the Eredivisie on Monday evening so that the Alkmaarders have more time to prepare for the Champions League meeting with Dynamo Kiev.
‘This is a big blow’
“The fact that the KNVB decides to postpone it so shortly before this match, five days before kick-off, is incomprehensible and disappointing to us”, general director Thijs van Es grumbles on the website from FC Utrecht. “Certainly in this time, when so many preparations have to be made in the context of the COVID-19 protocols.”
The match between FC Utrecht and AZ was originally scheduled for next Saturday. The North Hollanders submitted a request to postpone the game, because they will play against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine next Tuesday in the third heat of the Champions League. The KNVB responded to this.
FC Utrecht understands that the match has been postponed, but would rather have seen it happen sooner. “Don’t get me wrong, we want AZ to have room to prepare optimally for the game in Ukraine,” said Van Es.
“It is in everyone’s interest to perform well there. However, this scenario could already be devised three weeks ago. The fact that it is now decided to postpone the game next Saturday leaves us bewildered.”
It is still unknown on what date the game between FC Utrecht and AZ will be played. For the team of coach John van den Brom, the competition now starts on Friday, September 18 with an away game against VVV-Venlo.
“Our players and staff members have been in training for months to be ready for the start on September 12. To be told five days before the start that it was not necessary is a big blow. All in all, it is so very disappointing that there will be no kick-off of the season at FC Utrecht on Saturday “, Van Es concludes.
Due to the relocation of FC Utrecht-AZ, sc Heerenveen and Willem II kick off the new Eredivisie season. That match starts on Saturday at 6.45 pm in the Abe Lenstra Stadium.
View the program in the Eredivisie