Preventing Repeat of Past Unrest
According to the Rotterdam police, they will have a large, “visible and invisible” presence around De Kuip stadium on Sunday afternoon. The exciting football match between the archrivals Feyenoord vs Ajax starts there at 2:30 pm. A spokesperson would not comment on how the police plan to keep the match going.
However, police said that “several scenarios have been created” to ensure that the bus carrying the Ajax team can reach the stadium grounds safely.
Both the club and the authorities want to prevent a repeat of the unrest at the last edition in Rotterdam. On December 19, 2021, 78 people were arrested around the match. Including possession of heavy illegal fireworks, abusive behavior, and open violence. When the Ajax bus arrived at the stadium, it was besieged by hundreds of rioters with smoke bombs and fireworks. In addition, there was also a group of over 100 people who threw fireworks and bottles at the police.
The match, which took place in an empty Kuip due to the pandemic, was under high tension because of the presence of ex-Feyenoord player Steven Berghuis. Who moved to the Amsterdam club in the summer of 2021.
High Tension and Security Measures
It is the first time since January 27, 2019, that the Klassieker is played again in a full Kuip. For years, the away team’s supporters have not been welcome at matches between the two rivals. As there have been riots and security risks at this encounter in the past. With the high tension and history of violence at this specific match, authorities are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all attendees. Fans and visitors are encouraged to follow the instructions of the police and security personnel to ensure a smooth and peaceful event.
In conclusion, the upcoming match between Feyenoord vs Ajax at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam is drawing attention. Not only because of the rivalry between the two teams but also due to the security measures being put in place to prevent a repeat of past unrest. The police have stated that they will have a significant presence at the event and have created several scenarios. And that to ensure the safe arrival of the Ajax team to the stadium. The club and authorities are working together to promote safety and prevent any violent behavior. As fans and visitors, it is important to follow the instructions of the police and security personnel to ensure a smooth and peaceful event. Let’s all enjoy the game with responsibility and respect for others.