The KNVB Thinks It’s A Good Idea To Put Tens Of Thousands Of Children In A Stadium

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Readers might remember a few weeks back, when a Dutch Cup game between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar was interrupted by a pitch invader who went after AZ keeper Esteban Alvarado and got his butt whupped. Now, the Dutch FA (KNVB) are taking drastic measures: kicking the adults out.

AZ wanted to imitate a scheme that worked in Turkey, when crowd trouble prompted the Turkish Federation to allow only women and children into a match between Fenerbahce and Manisaspor. That match was a resounding success, drawing 41,000 spectators and international headlines. Dutch gender equality laws, however, forbid such an arrangement, so instead, the only adults allowed to attend the replay of the Ajax-AZ game will be chaperons, one for every six children.

Given the size of Amsterdam ArenA, a full house could mean nearly 45,000 kids in attendance. Either this will be the dawn of a new age in crowd control, or somehow a Jonas Brothers concert will break out.

Full Story: Daily Mail

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