By our entertainment editors
10 Apr 2023 at 12:59
Sports channel ESPN receives complaints from viewers about nets hanging on four sides of De Kuip until the end of the season. These nets disrupt the TV registration of the matches in the Feyenoord stadium.
It is difficult to say exactly how many complaints there are. “The lion’s share does not reach us directly, but is expressed in other ways,” says a spokesman for the channel. Fans also express criticism via social media. “But it is clear that the poles of the nets in particular are a huge obstacle to good TV registration.”
The channel points out that a box is left empty for the television registration in the Europa League. But nets are hung in the Eredivisie. “We have to deal with it and try to make the best of it,” said the ESPN spokesperson. Incidentally, most complainants who address the channel directly “understand very well” that ESPN can do little about this. “People mainly want to get rid of their annoyance.”
On Sunday, during the Feyenoord-RKC game, nets were hung on all sides of De Kuip for the first time. This measure was taken because of misconduct in last Wednesday’s cup match against Ajax. Ajax player Davy Klaassen was hit by a lighter in the Feyenoord stadium. The midfielder sustained a head injury and was unable to continue playing.
ESPN is still in talks with Feyenoord about the new measure. The Rotterdam club said on Friday that it had to take “this drastic measure” because of “new, strict protocols in the field of playing safety”.