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The games in the Eredivisie and the Kitchen Champion Division will be played with the public this weekend, Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced during a press conference on Friday.

An experiment with more spectators will follow in October

“That is in itself justified if you stick to the agreements,” said Rutte at the Council of Ministers about rising corona figures. “Keep a distance of five feet and shut your mouth when a goal is scored. If you do all that, then it’s safe.”

Last weekend there was already a fuss because fans did not adhere to the guidelines at some games. The Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb threatened that De Kuip would from now on remain empty if supporters of Feyenoord would make another mistake.

The third round of play is scheduled for this weekend in the Eredivisie. Ajax will receive Vitesse on Saturday evening, PSV will visit Heracles Almelo on Sunday afternoon and Feyenoord will play against ADO Den Haag in De Kuip a few hours earlier.

The fifth round is completed in the Kitchen Champion Division. Four games are already scheduled on Friday evening. Leader NAC Breda will take on Young PSV at home on Saturday.

Rutte also addressed the commotion caused by the thousand fans of Willem II, who did not adhere to the corona measures on a fan square on Thursday evening during the game against Rangers FC (0-4 defeat) in the third heat of the Europa League.

“Willem II was not in a stadium, but on a field”, said Rutte. “The mayor is then accused of permitting it, but the mayor himself has said: I will not do that anymore and I will leave that to the municipality of Tilburg.”

“I especially want to say to those people (on the fan square, ed.): You and I can watch a certain performance in the open air and that is permitted by the municipality,” continued the prime minister. “Then it is still your and my own responsibility to ensure that we stick to the agreements.”

From October onwards there will be experiments in Dutch professional football with more spectators in stadiums. During the experiment, fans do not have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other in certain areas, as long as they wear a mouth mask.

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