Vitesse Arnhem manager Henk Fraser spoke to the NOS ahead of the Johan Cruyff Shield in Rotterdam on Sunday between the reigning Eredivisie champions and the cup winners.

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He was pushed to give he opinion on the KNVB’s controversial decision not to play the match on a neutral ground anymore as in previous years. Vitesse Arnhem have received an allocation of only 1200 tickets in De Kuip and Fraser reiterated that he respects the KNVB’s decision and that he just wants to focus on the match.

Fraser said ”To be honest I like to play in Rotterdam and I also understand the KNVB with their choice to play the match at the home of the reigning champions.

”In terms of reacting to the news of Vitesse Arnhem supporters only receiving 1200 tickets I have learnt in contradiction to when I was a footballer to keep my mouth shut at certain times and that is the most sensible thing to do in such a case because the match is more important than all the things surrounding it.

”I am pleased that the football supporters groups show solidarity and support one another that is great to see. The match is the most important thing and I have to respect all the elements surrounding it and that is what I am doing.

” I want to focus on the match and that is what I have done with my players.”

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