Prime Minister Mark Rutte has announced that no fans are allowed to attend Dutch football games for at least the next three weeks.

Since the Eredivisie’s return three weeks ago, a limited number of fans have been allowed to attend games with social distancing measures in place.

However, the Dutch government wanted fans to stay silent during games, and not cheer. A rule that has been broken during some games, leading to fury from Rutte last week.

With Covid 19 cases rising again in the Netherlands, Rutte has now decided to ban fans from attending games all together. The measures will be in place for at least three weeks until the rules are looked at once again.

The decision has been met with anger from some clubs with Feyenoord general manager Mark Koevermans stating, “There is no scientific evidence that the corridor to the football stadium would be more unsafe than, say, a visit to the supermarket. In fact, it seems that outdoor events are much less of a potential source of contamination than everything that happens indoors.”

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