Feyenoord confirmed a section of their stadium will be closed this week when they host Roma for the first leg of their Europa League tie.
The club’s CEO Dennis te Kloese confirmed on Sunday that nearly 2,000 seats will be empty for their clash against the Giallorossi as a result of an incident that took place last week during the team’s cup match against Ajax.
Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen suffered a head laceration after being hit by a lighter thrown from stands at Feyenoord—causing the match to be stopped for nearly half an hour.
As a result, the club hung nets around the entire field to prevent supporters from hurling projectiles onto the pitch. However, those nets must be removed for UEFA competitions, forcing the club to close-off a portion of the stadium.
“It remains a shame, but this is necessary given current situation in De Kuip,” te Kloese told De Telegraaf on Sunday before Feyenoord faced RKC Waalwijk.
“From a sporting perspective we’re doing beautiful things this season and we can’t take any risks. We will continue to analyse the situation and hopefully no other measures will be necessary.”