police strike could affect this weekend’s eredivisie matches

11:00    13 Sep 2018

A proposed police strike in the Netherlands could affect this coming weekend’s round of Eredivisie matches.

The Dutch football association (KNVB) is closely monitoring the situation and may be forced to postpone matches in the top-flight Eredivisie and second-tier Eerste Divisie.

"Together with the clubs and the mayors, we are working hard behind the scenes to keep playing as much as possible, should the strike continue,” the KNVB announced.

The Dutch football authorities added that it is difficult to estimate when there will be clarity on the issue.

"In theory it could be that all games cannot go on, but we do not expect that, each game is judged separately by the mayor of the city of play, we have had this situation before and then many matches have just gone [ahead],” said a spokesperson for the KNVB.

The police unions and Netherlands’ justice and security minister, Ferdinand Grapperhaus, are still negotiating a new collective labour agreement.

The trade unions have called on all police officers to resign from Friday afternoon. They will then only attend to emergency requests – this does not include football matches.

The minister is still trying to ban the announced actions via the courts, but it remains to be seen whether he can stall the strike.

Fox Sports 1 is scheduled to have live coverage of the Eredivisie on Sunday, September 16, featuring the AZ Alkmaar v Feyenoord clash which kicks off at 12h15 CAT.
 

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