Feyenoord’s Eredivisie clash with VVV-Venlo abandoned after one minute due to floodlight failure as Robin Van Persie and Co thank fans who tried to help by shining lights towards pitch
- Feyenoord’s game with VVV-Venlo was abandoned following floodlight failure
- The lights went off in the first minute and club staff were unable to restore power
- Fans at De Kuip tried helping by shining the torches on their phones at the pitch
- Feyernoord tried to fix the issue for 30 minutes before the game was called off
Third-placed Feyenoord’s clash with VVV-Venlo was abandoned following floodlight failure at De Kuip.
The lights went off in the first minute of the game and club staff were unable to restore power, prompting the abandonment.
Supporters inside the stadium tried to help overcome the technical issue by shining the torches on their phones on the pitch before referee Bas Nijhuis stopped play.
Feyenoord’s game with VVV-Venlo was abandoned following floodlight failure on Sunday
The lights went off in the first minute of the game and club staff were unable to restore power
Supporters at De Kuip tried helping by shining the torches on their phones at the pitch
Feyernoord tried to fix the issue for 30 minutes before Nijhuis called off the game as light began to fade on Sunday.
‘It took longer than usual and so we had to stop the game, as annoying as it is,’ Nijhuis told Fox Sports. ‘It’s an evening game, you see how fast it gets dark. The problem has not been found.’
The stadium director, Jan van Merwijk, apologised for technical disruption.
The floodlights were on in the build up to the game as both sides enjoyed a pre-match warm-up
Feyernoord tried to fix the issue for 30 minutes before the referee called off the league game
‘We are terribly sorry, this is the biggest nightmare for a stadium director,’ he said. ‘The problem is localised but has not been fixed.
‘It was somewhere in the circuit, in the control to get the lights on and off. So, it was not in the power supply, there is a back-up for that.
‘This is very annoying for all the people who have come. We are disappointed, let us be clear about that. We simply could not solve it.’
Robin Van Persie and Co applauded the fans that attended after being told the game wouldn’t be going ahead.
In-form Utrecht made it five wins on the bounce and moved fifth as they brushed aside ADO Den Haag 3-0.
Robin Van Persie gives his shirt away to a supporter after the game is abandoned on Sunday
Referee Bas Nijhuis (centre left) called off the game as light began to fade at De Kuip
They opened the scoring after eight minutes when Cyriel Dessers took advantage of a goalkeeping error to tuck home and skipper Willem Janssen bundled in a second from Oussama Tannane’s corner in the 68th minute.
A superb solo run and pass from Gyrano Kerk set up Joris van Overeem to tap in and seal victory with 13 minutes remaining.
Heerenveen are still without a home win in the Eredivisie this season after Reuven Niemeijer’s late goal snatched Emmen a point in the early kick-off.
Arber Zeneli’s free-kick from wide on the right eluded goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen to give Heerenveen the lead on the half-hour, but Niemeijer levelled two minutes from time.
Fortuna Sittard moved above opponents PEC Zwolle and into the top 10 with a 3-0 home win. Mark Diemers scored two penalties to add to Finn Stokkers’ first-half opener.
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