Ajax and PSV have no understanding whatsoever for the decision to temporarily stop the Women’s Eredivisie due to the tightened corona measures. According to Daphne Koster, Ajax’s manager of women’s football, it is a ‘relapse into old ways of thinking’.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced at a press conference on Tuesday that team sports are prohibited for at least four weeks. An exception is made only for male football players in the Eredivisie and Kitchen Champion Division.
The KNVB entered into talks with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport on Wednesday to determine whether the exception also applies to the Women’s Eredivisie, but that appears not to be the case. Women’s football falls under the amateur branch of the KNVB.
“This is a great disappointment”, says Koster, former captain of the Orange Women. “I understand very well that we must now do everything we can to contain the corona virus. But I do not understand that the government makes a distinction between men’s and women’s football.”
“Women’s football is also a sector that houses top athletes. This decision-making seems to be a setback in old ways of thinking. In this way we are categorized under ‘amateur sport’ and that is not right. We can copy the situation of the men as a whole. “
‘Hoped that we would be further’
The news is also hard at PSV, which, just like Ajax, has qualified for the Champions League. The club also foresees major problems with the preparation for the European matches.
“I did not expect this,” said Sandra Doreleijers, PSV’s manager of women’s football Eindhovens Dagblad. “I can see it in perspective, but I had hoped that we were a little further as women’s football. This is also about equality.”
Doreleijers is also looking forward to the Champions League debut in December with mixed feelings. In principle, the international duels may continue. “The course of our competition gets a dip and this also has consequences for our European preparation.”
Koster agrees with her colleague. “That is not only very skewed, but also practically impossible to do. You cannot properly prepare for this because we are not allowed to train in the coming weeks.”
The Women’s Eredivisie started in early September and is underway for four rounds. As with the men, the previous season was ended prematurely due to the corona pandemic.