these are the rules at RKC-Ajax and AZ-NEC – Voetbal International

Wednesday evening will be special in the Eredivisie, there will be a total of about fifteen minutes of football, during which two matches will be completed. AZ – NEC and RKC Waalwijk – Ajax are played away, these are the rules surrounding these special situations.

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Both matches were stopped for unpleasant reasons. On September 30, Ajax striker Brian Brobbey and RKC goalie Etienne Vaessen collided hard, with the goalkeeper being hit hard and being resuscitated on the field as a precaution. After a long period of rest, Vaessen has now made his return under the bar of RKC.

Just under a month later, on October 29, the match between AZ and NEC was stopped in the final phase. NEC striker Bas Dost went to the ground without the ball nearby, it later turned out that he had an inflamed heart muscle. It has now been decided to play both matches on Wednesday evening. AZ – NEC will resume in the ninetieth minute at 7 p.m. with a 1-2 score, RKC – Ajax will continue in the 84th minute with a score of 2-3. Fans are allowed for the remaining minutes.

The rules
In these cases, the rules dictate that teams must start with the same line-up as at the time of the strike. If a player is injured, this must be verified by the KNVB. Only after a check by a sports doctor from the Dutch association can a team make a change to the starting line-up. The KNVB regulations further state that ‘a player who was not entitled to play at the time of the played part of the match is also not entitled to participate in the later part of the match’. Players may therefore not simply be added to the match selection.

(Possible changes
Looking at AZ – NEC, the latter will of course apply to Dost, who is now recovering and has indicated that he will not focus on football for the time being. There is not much else to choose from at AZ. Trainer Pascal Jansen already made five substitutions on October 29 and will therefore have to play the remaining minutes with the players who were on the field at the time, unless someone from that team gets injured.

AZ setup: Ryan; Sugawara (73. Kasius), Bazoer, Penetra (46. Martins Indi), Møller Wolfe; Clasie, D. de Wit, Mijnans (46. Goudmijn); Lahdo (73. Odgaard), Pavlidis, Van Brederode (46. Van Bommel).
NEC setup: Cillessen, Van Wermeskerken (87. Arts), Ross, Verdonk, Baas; Hoedemakers, Mattsson, Proper; Olden Larsen (63. Schöne), Dost, Hansen (63. Tavsan).

The situation at RKC – Ajax is also clear. Because Vaessen has now recovered and made his return, a change under the crossbar is not necessary for the remaining six minutes of official playing time. The home club already made five substitutions before the game was stopped on September 30, meaning coach Henk Fraser cannot make any more changes after the restart.

Things are quite different at Ajax. Goalkeeper Jay Gorter was still on goal against RKC, but has now been injured. He will be replaced with the permission of the KNVB, probably by Diant Ramaj. Silvano Vos also played against RKC and was injured in the meantime, so trainer John van ‘t Schip may also make a change in his midfield.

RKC Waalwijk line-up: Vaessen; Lelieveld (82. Gaari), Adewoye, Van den Buijs, Meijers; Roemeratoe (83. Weidmann), Niemeijer (46. Min), Oukili; Bakkali (59. Margaret), Kramer, Cleonise (70. Stevanovic).
Ajax line-up: Gorter, Rensch, Sutalo, Ávila, Hato; Berghuis, Fox, Taylor; Forbs, Brobbey, Bergwijn (79. Van Axel Dongen).

Captain Steven Bergwijn is not available, he was substituted on September 30. Axel Dongen’s Amourricho came on at the time, but the youngster is not yet match fit. He only recently returned to group training. So there is a question mark behind him. If he is fit, he will get his first playing minutes since October.

Unlike RKC, Ajax did not use all its substitutions in the first 84 minutes of the match on September 30, allowing Van ‘t Schip to intervene at the restart. The rules allow trainers to change before the restart, as happened during the canceled Classic between Ajax and Feyenoord. In that case, Gastón Ávila seems to be the victim. The defender played under coach Maurice Steijn, but did not get any playing minutes under Van ‘t Schip.

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