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Belgian fan boom forces Pro League to ban fans from going

By Samindra Kunti

December 7 – Belgian football has banned fans until the end of the year after a weekend of disorder across the pitch, with incidents at Standard Liege and in the Antwerp derby.

“Until the end of this calendar year, no fans will be allowed to visit for all Pro League matches,” Pro League, Belgium’s professional football governing body, said in a statement. . “This measure will establish a cooling period around our matches and, by temporarily halting bus travel by visiting fans, will also have an impact on circulation. viruses that we can limit.”

Over the weekend, a Beerschot fan ran across the pitch to throw flares at the Antwerp section. Supporters will face criminal charges. The Walloon derby between Standard and Liege was halted in the 88th minute when fans, angered by the way the Standard hierarchy run the club, started throwing flares onto the pitch.

Pro League described the events as “unacceptable and even criminal”.

Pro League chief executive Pierre François said: “The scenes in both the Antwerp and Walloon derbies were a real disgrace. “We apologize for the scenes that took place. We sit down with the clubs and urge them to take action against these people as soon as possible.”

The incident occurred at a sensitive time. Belgium is suffering from its fourth wave of coronavirus, averaging more than 17,000 cases a day, prompting the government to introduce restrictive measures and limit the size of crowds. Professional football, however, has been forgiven, but this weekend’s scenes won’t do much good for the game’s already shaky reputation.

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