NAC-Willem II suspended after objects on field
The match between NAC Breda and Willem II has been stopped after objects were thrown onto the pitch for the second time. This is in line with the KNVB’s new, stricter measures.
The match was first halted in the 71st minute because fireworks had been thrown onto the pitch. When the match had just resumed Elton Kabangu scored for Willem II and NAC supporters threw plastic cups towards the celebrating players. At that, the referee took the teams off the field for good.
The Football Association announced the tightening of measures after the “lighter incident” during the Feyenoord-Ajax cup match. A match is immediately stopped when a player or referee is hit from the audience by an object, as happened to Ajacied Davy Klaassen in De Kuip.
For only throwing objects without hitting anyone, on a first occasion, players and referees will go to the locker rooms and the game will be temporarily stopped. On a second occasion, the game will be stopped immediately.
The latter scenario occurred when cups of beer were thrown onto the field.
NAC coach Peter Hyballa did not have a good word to say about the supporters’ behavior at ESPN. “The stadium speaker said it: ‘If something is thrown again, the match will be stopped.’ It’s absolutely no discipline. It’s against the team and against the club.”
The start of the fraught derby between the two Brabant clubs – away fans are already not allowed at the behest of the mayors of Breda and Tilburg – was already postponed because there were fireworks on the field.