PSV has to pay a EUR10,000 fine. This is because their supporters set off fireworks in the stands during the matches against SC Heerenveen and De Graafschap.
This was determined by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB). PSV’s General Manager, Toon Gerbrands, baulked at the idea. He does, however, understand the reasoning behind it. “Everyone knows we could have found a better use for the money,” he says.
PSV, as well as the KNVB, are opposed to fireworks being set off in the supporter stands. “This is a joint policy. This kind of behaviour has caused horrible incidents in the past. People sustained permanent injuries. It is not a matter of trying to be holier than thou; it is a necessity,” explains Gerbrands.
According to him, the KNVB informed PSV that it is approaching the point where their supporters will no longer be welcome at away matches. “That would be a shame. Players often talk about the support they get outside of Eindhoven.”
Translator: Melinda Walraven