About 50,000 spectators are expected at the stadium. “We collect information and try to map how support flows are going. Leading it in the right direction is a significant logistical challenge, ”says a spokesman.
Many PSV supporters come by bus, Amsterdam supporters often come to Rotterdam to train supporters. In addition, thousands of people with a card in a neutral box go for a match on their own, resulting in different traffic and flows at the same time. “Fortunately, we are used to dealing with this situation. De Kuip is often full at Feyenoord’s home games, “said a spokesman.
Police are careful to avoid a recurrence on December 19 last year. Then there was a serious disturbance around the game Eredivisie Feyenoord-Ajax. Hundreds of people gathered at Rotterdam Stadium to play. When the bus of Ajax players arrived, the rioters threw it and fired a lot of loud fireworks, which were also fired at those present.
Shortly afterwards, police swept a car park where there was an imminent confrontation between police and rioters. 78 people were arrested around the match.
The match between Feyenoord and Ajax was particularly tense, as there was former Feyenoord player Steven Berghuis, who went to Ajax for a lot of talk last year. This was the reason why some painted an anti-Semitic mural of Berghuis in the Rotterdam district of Crooswijk. The player was also threatened by strangers so seriously that he reported it to the police.
The finals of the KNVB Cup will start on Easter Monday at 6 p.m.