The KNVB have rejected the call for a friendly match to be played between Italy and Netherlands to raise funds for the damage caused by Feyenoord fans in Rome last week.

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00001133Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome, contacted the KNVB with the idea of playing a friendly match between the two nations, but the Dutch FA rejected the idea.

A statement from the KNVB read, “We also think it’s sad what happened in Rome. But we’re not a party in this at all. It’s about fans of one club who misbehaved in a foreign country.”

Fans of Feyenoord have caused thousands of euro damage to the Italian capital, damaging the famous Spanish steps and the newly restored 17th century Barcaccia fountain. Twenty-three fans were arrested before the Europa League between the Rotterdam club and Roma, but UEFA have stated they will not punish Feyenoord and instead left the local authorities with the responsibility of punishing the guilty.

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