Erik ten Hag thinks it’s a good thing that the KNVB has decided to have the league game between Ajax and PEC Zwolle to move, even though it led to that choice to indignant reactions to competitor PSV and PEC.
The encounter between Ajax and PEC in the Johan Cruijff ArenA was scheduled for Saturday, march 2, but was shifted to Wednesday 13 march. The people of Amsterdam can therefore be optimally prepare for the Champions League duel with Real Madrid on 5 march.
Leader PSV see the decision of the KNVB as competitievervalsing. Also at PEC Zwolle prevails misunderstanding – the ‘Blauwvingers’ should now have three matches in eight days to play – but At the Hag think that the KNVB is the only right choice has been made.
“It is in the interest of Dutch football”, insisted Ajax coach Friday at his press conference in the run-up to the uitduel with ADO Den Haag on Sunday. “It is important that we points can get (for the UEFA coëfficiëntenlijst, ed.) and that we have in the English football desperately needed. We now have more peace in the run-up to the duel with Real, so I’m happy.”
PSV-trainer Mark van Bommel let himself Friday at his press conference also on the moved match. “It is a good initiative, but not in this way”, the former midfielder. “If you agree, you need to fulfill.”
Erik ten Hag: ‘Displacement Ajax-PEC importance of Dutch football’. ()
PEC-president Visser criticises method KNVB
President Adriaan Visser, PEC Zwolle is of the opinion that the KNVB, with the move of the match total has not looked to the interests of the Zwolle. The current number thirteen of the Premier league has therefore sent a letter to the football association to make the decision to turn back.
“The decision seems to be taken randomly and can have great consequences carry with them for the rest of the league”, writes Visser. “After the contest this coming weekend, we’ll be playing two weeks of no competitieduel then, and in contrast to our competitors, three games in eight days to play football.”
“For PEC, which has a selection which is considerably smaller than that of Ajax, make the change for an unjustified aggravation of the competition compared to our competitors that don’t suffer from it. A clearer example of competitievervalsing I can’t think of.”
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