Ajax vs Feyenoord: Dutch FA Confirms Match Will Resume Behind Closed Doors
The Dutch FA has confirmed that the abandoned match between Eredivisie rivals Ajax and Feyenoord will be completed behind closed doors on Wednesday. Feyenoord were leading 3-0 after 56 minutes at the Johan Cruyff Arena when the game was called off as home fans threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch.
The match will resume at 14:00 local time without fans and Ajax’s match against FC Volendam, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed as a result.
Background of Ajax vs Feyenoord
Ajax and Feyenoord have a long and storied rivalry that dates back to the early 1900s when the two clubs first met in the Dutch Cup in 1909. The rivalry has been intense ever since, with both teams vying for the Eredivisie title each season and often competing for the same players in the transfer market.
The most recent meeting between the two sides was in December 2020 when Feyenoord came out on top with a 3-2 victory at De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam. The match was marred by fan violence as Feyenoord supporters threw flares onto the pitch and Ajax fans responded with their own projectiles, resulting in the match being stopped for several minutes before play resumed.
The Abandoned Match
The two teams met again in February 2021 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam for what was expected to be another fiercely contested match between the two rivals. However, the match was abandoned after 56 minutes when Feyenoord were leading 3-0 and home fans threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch, forcing the referee to call off the match due to safety concerns.
The Dutch FA’s Decision
The Dutch FA has now confirmed that the match will be completed behind closed doors on Wednesday at 14:00 local time without fans present in order to ensure safety and security at the stadium. Ajax’s match against FC Volendam, which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed as a result of this decision.
The abandoned match between Ajax and Feyenoord will now be completed behind closed doors on Wednesday, with Feyenoord leading 3-0 when play was stopped due to fan violence at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. The Dutch FA’s decision to resume the match without fans present is an attempt to ensure safety and security at the stadium and Ajax’s match against FC Volendam has been postponed as a result of this decision.