Police chiefs cry foul over football playoffs

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25 November 2004AMSTERDAM — Police chiefs have warned they don't have enough officers to provide security for an extra series of Premier Division playoffs.

25 November 2004

AMSTERDAM — Police chiefs have warned they don't have enough officers to provide security for an extra series of Premier Division playoffs.

The Dutch football association, KNVB, plans to hold extra playoffs at the end of the normal season of Premier Division matches next year. The idea is that the additional matches between Holland's top teams will make for more exciting and quality football.

Top clubs Amsterdam Ajax, Feyenoord Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven also hope the playoffs will bring in a lot more money, news service NOS said on Thursday.

Police chiefs have estimated the matches will require an additional 10,000 to 14,000 police hours. "From our point of view, this is not feasible without incurring radical consequences," the police bosses said.

City councils and MPs in the Dutch parliament have also reacted negatively to the KNVB's plans.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news 

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