AMSTERDAM, NETRALNEWS.COM – Most club captains competing in the Dutch Premier League or Eredivisie, urging the ban of using stadiums with artificial grasses.
Of the 18 clubs that have competed in the Eredivisie this season, six clubs—Heracles Almelo, PEC Zwolle, Excelisor, ADO Den Haag, Roda JC and Sparta Rotterdam—use stadiums with artificial grasses.
VVCS, the organization of professional footballers in the Tulip Flower Country, voiced its concern regarding the use of artificial pitches. A number of elite club captains also expressed their concerns.
For example is the former Liverpool player who just delivered Feyenoord Rotterdam won the Eredivisie for the first time since 1999, Dirk Kuyt. "There are no teams whose stadiums use artificial grass fields that win European competition tickets," Kuyt said sarcastically.
In line with Kuyt, two other Eredivisie elite club captains also talked. "A lot of players are considering leaving Holland. Playing on an artificial grass field makes football no longer fun," emphasized Davy Klaassen, captain of Ajax Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, Director of VVCS, Danny Hesp, requested the use of field with artificial grasses immediately stopped. The reason, according to Hesp, artificial pitches are bad for the development of football in the Netherlands. (*)