Dutch top-tier captains want no more artificial turf games
ABS-CBN Sports on May 19, 2017 12:19 PM
In this Sept. 15m 2016 file photo Feyenoord's team captain Dirk Kuyt applauds the supporters at the end of the Group A Europa League match between Feyenoord and Manchester United at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Veteran captain Dirk Kuyt scored a hat trick Sunday May 14, 2017, as Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 3-1 to win its 15th Dutch Eredivisie title and the first in 18 long years for its fervent fans. Kuyt returned to Feyenoord in the twilight of his career saying he wanted to lead the team to the Dutch championship and scored his 100th goal for the club in the first minute to settle nerves throughout Rotterdam. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Captains of 12 Netherlands top-tier teams have asked the national soccer federation and league organizers to ban matches on artificial turf.
Dirk Kuyt of title-winning Feyenoord and Davy Klaassen of Ajax joined a protest by their national union known as the VVCS.
Kuyt, who announced his retirement this week, says: "I know for sure that due to artificial pitches Dutch football will fall further behind."
The captains point to "technical and tactical consequences" of authorities letting six of the 18-team Eredivisie play on artificial surfaces this season.
Players believe they sustain more joint injuries and need more recovery time in switching from games on grass.
Klaassen, who will lead Ajax against Manchester United in the Europa League final next Wednesday, says: "You cannot enjoy playing football on these pitches."