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Soccer Player’s Injury Prompts Rule Change in the Netherlands


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Moscow, April 6 – The Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced on its official website that it had tightened its rules regarding suspensions and early termination of matches due to the behavior of the fans, after the incident of Ajax midfielder Davey Klassen.
In the Dutch Cup semi-final match “Feyenoord” – “Ajax” (1: 2), which was held on Wednesday, a lighter was thrown at Klassen’s head from the stands, the player received a cut and was substituted. .
According to the new rules, the match will be suspended if the fans throw objects on the field, and all participants in the match, by decision of the referee, will have to go to the locker room. If the fans continue to throw objects after play has resumed, the referee must end the match permanently. Also, the decision must be made to stop the match permanently if something hits a player or the referee.

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Similar measures are provided for when fans appear at the stadium: suspension of the match due to a fan entering the stadium and final stoppage if the incident is repeated; Immediate termination of the match in the event of a fan attacking a football player or referee.

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