Feyenoord Rotterdam, which faces OM this Thursday evening in the Conference League semi-final second leg, has many hooligans among its supporters. The matches of the Dutch club are often marked by violent incidents, in the stadiums and especially outside.
The meeting was classified as “level 5” in terms of security risk by the authorities. This is the maximum level. The return semi-final of the Europa League Conference between Olympique de Marseille and Feyenoord Rotterdam this Thursday evening at the Vélodrome is a headache for the public authorities. Already twenty arrests have been made on the eve of the meeting, following incidents on terraces near the Old Port. The fears were legitimate, especially since the Dutch club is infamous for its hooligans, while 3,200 Dutch supporters are expected at the Vélodrome.
At the origins, a dispute with Tottenham
Already in November 2006, the arrival of Feyenoord in Nancy, for the UEFA Cup, had made Lorraine president Jacques Rousselot say that “the irreparable was at the gates of the stadium”. About 500 raging supporters had wreaked havoc in Marcel-Picot. The outburst of violence was such that the match had been interrupted and the Nancy stands had been emptied. UEFA had finally pronounced a decision as rare as it was exemplary: the exclusion of the Dutch club.
Administrator of the @FeyenoordFrance account on Twitter, Erwan explains the origins of this hooliganism in the podcast After-Galaxy from RMC: “It dates back to the 80s, in the Netherlands. The greatest hooliganism in the Netherlands was in 1974 for the second leg of the UEFA Cup. Against Tottenham, the fans turned the center of Rotterdam. Until then it was a very quiet country. It infused and Rotterdam became the epicenter. In the 1980s, Tottenham came back, and the guys took revenge. Since then, it’s true that there often has problems when Feyenoord is on the move”.
The members of the SCF (Sport Club Feyenoord) are undoubtedly the most feared. An Ajax ultra lost his life in 1997 after a violent clash on the side of a motorway not far from Amsterdam. The sad event was baptized “Battle of Beverwijk”. Videos dot the web and testify to the violence of the giant brawl.
Although stadium bans are pronounced against hooligans, who sometimes use knives, they also let off steam abroad, as in Rome in 2015, or in Basel in 2019. In the Italian city, the Barcaccia fountain, of the 17th century, had been seriously damaged.
But the incidents also occur at home, at the De Kuip stadium. Before the first leg against OM, the Dutch leaders had appealed to their sulphurous supporters for calm. Since the start of the season, the club has been fined ten UEFA fines for a total amount of around 500,000 euros. Due in particular to smoke bombs and the throwing of projectiles during the reception of Slavia Prague in April, a penalty of 70,125 euros had been imposed. Before that, last fall, a Union Berlin delegation was assaulted in a restaurant in central Rotterdam. Which made the general manager of the Dutch club Dennis te Kloese say: “We are powerless in relation to these behaviors”.