Relegated FC Twente saved from bankruptcy after reaching new council deal


Enschede football team FC Twente, relegated to the first division at the end of last season, has staved off bankruptcy after the city council agreed to a rescue plan. After weeks of negotiations, city officials have now agreed to freeze interest and repayments of a loan made to the club over a two-season period. This gives the club  €4m in breathing space, the Telegraaf reported. In addition, some 30 of the club's sponsors have agreed to invest €10m in the club in return for shares and a say in the make-up of the supervisory board. 'This is an important agreement for the future of FC Twente,' director Erik Velderman said. 'And the great thing is, that it is being fully supported by the Twente region.' Enschede city council has already made €17m in loans to the club and is guarantor for a further €8.4m. Twente kick off their campaign to return to the Eredivisie on August 17 against Sparta of Rotterdam. Ultimatum Two seasons ago, Twente managed to head off efforts by the Dutch FA to relegate them for failing to get their finances in order and meet a fifth ultimatum. The club was also fined over €200,000 and banned from playing in Europe for three years because of the fall-out over a deal with investment company Doyan. In 2014 Doyen agreed to put €5m into the club in return for a percentage of the transfer fee for seven players. However, leaked documents showed the deal gave Doyen considerable say over Twente’s transfer policy, which the club had denied and which is banned by the KNVB.  More >



Van Bommel sets Eredivisie rookie record

Mark van Bommel set a record for a rookie coach as PSV Eindhoven kept up their 100% record at the top of the Eredivisie with a comfortable 4-1 win at De Graafschap. Van Bommel overtook the previous mark of 11 straight victories for a new manager set by Morten Olsen at Ajax in 1987. Two goals from Luuk de Jong, bringing his total for the season to 11, sandwiched by strikes from Steven Bergwijn and Donyell Malen, kept the league leaders five points ahead of Ajax, who won even more emphatically at Excelsior. The Amsterdammers scored five times in the second half and had five different scorers, with Donny van de Beek netting twice along with Lasse Schöne, Kasper Dolberg, Hakim Ziyech and David Neres. Excelsior defender Jerdy Schouten contributed an own goal. The decisive moment in Feyenoord's 2-0 win at Heracles Almelo came when a free kick from Steven Berghuis hit the bar, rebounded straight down and went in off goalkeeper Janis Blaswich's backside. Feyenoord, who were without the injured Robin van Persie, sealed the points through Jens Toornstra to open up a three-point lead over Heracles in third place. Groningen moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 home win against northern rivals Heerenveen, while Emmen notched up their first home win in the Eredivisie by beating fellow relegation contenders NAC Breda by the same scoreline. Elsewhere, a fine free-kick by Norwegian Martin Ødegaard helped Vitesse Arnhem end Dick Advocaat's four-match winning streak as manager of Utrecht, while Venlo won the Limburg derby against Fortuna Sittard 3-2. A scrappy goal by Guus TIl earned AZ Alkmaar victory at ADO Den Haag 1-0 that lifts them to sixth place. PEC Zwolle's winless run stretched to two months as they went down 3-2 at home to Willem II. Weekend Eredivisie results: Friday PEC Zwolle 2-3 Willem II Tilburg Saturday Emmen 2-0 NAC Breda De Graafschap 1-4 PSV Eindhoven Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 Utrecht VVV Venlo 3-2 Fortuna Sittard Sunday Groningen 2-0 Heerenveen ADO Den Haag 0-1 AZ Alkmaar Excelsior 1-7 Ajax Heracles Almelo 0-2 Feyenoord  More >



'Triggered' Verstappen penalised for clash

Max Verstappen has been ordered to carry out two days' community service by the FIA as punishment for lashing out at Esteban Ocon at the end of the weekend Brazilian Grand Prix, where he finished second. The Dutchman was leading the race on lap 44 when Ocon, who had been lapped, clipped the back of his Red Bull car while trying to overtake and sent him spinning off the track, allowing Lewis Hamilton to slip between them. Verstappen raised his middle finger as he passed the Force India driver and vented his frustration in an expletive-ridden outburst on the car-to-pits radio, before confronting Ocon in the paddock. After an exchange of words Verstappen pushed the Frenchman several times in the chest, knocking him off balance. Despite the damage to his car, Verstappen was able to carry on and finish second, 1.429 seconds behind world champion-elect Hamilton. Ocon was given a 10-second race penalty for causing the collision. After reviewing the incident, race stewards ordered the 21-year-old to to 'perform two days of public service at the direction of the FIA' within six months. Stewards decision on @OconEsteban and @Max33Verstappen post race incident - 2 days of Community Service to be done within six months. #skyf1 #brazilgp pic.twitter.com/Hj2Zom1euE — Rachel Brookes (@RachelBrookesTV) November 11, 2018 'The Stewards understood from Max Verstappen that he was extremely upset by the incident on track during the race and accepted his explanation that it was not his original intent to strike Ocon, but that he was "triggered" and caused him to loose [sic] his temper,' the stewards said in an official statement. The confrontation took the gloss off a fine drive by the Dutchman, who moved through the field from his starting position of fifth and overtook Hamilton to take the lead before the crash spoiled his chance of victory. 'I was just trying to do my race and then a back marker takes a stupid risk,' he said afterwards. 'I lost a victory but hopefully in 15 years' time we can laugh about it.' Happy to finish 2nd, but we should have won today. The car was brilliant and @redbullracing came with a great strategy. Our race pace was better than expected and we did everything well today. Thanks to all fans for voting me Driver of the Day again 🙌🏻 #KeepPushing #BrazilGP 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/dXmUbf9yXf — Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) November 11, 2018 An unrepentant Ocon said he was entitled to try to 'unlap' himself by passing Verstappen, just after coming out of the pits on fresh tyres. 'He can be upset but if you are leading the race you have to control it,' he said.  More >



PSV see Champions League hopes disappear

A 2-1 away loss to Tottenham Hotspur in London put paid to PSV Eindhoven's hopes of progressing past the group stage of the Champions League competition on Tuesday night. PSV led the match 1-0 until the 76th minute, when Harry Kane equalised and then put away the winner. The result puts PSV at the bottom of Group B with one point from four games. Amsterdam club Ajax take on Benefica away in their Group E match on Wednesday evening. Ajax won the home leg 1-0 and are now joint top of Group G with Bayern Munich. A win would put Ajax into the elimination rounds for the first time in 13 years. 'We are in with a chance,' coach Erik ten Hag told the Parool ahead of the game. 'And we want to make the most of it.'  More >


Zonderland takes third world high bar gold

Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland won his third world title on the high bar at the world championships in Doha this weekend. Epke, now 32, first won the title in 2013, and successfully defended it in 2014. He is the first man ever to win three high bar gold medals in the world championships. Zonderland, who became a father for the first time last month, also completed his medical training to become a doctor earlier this year.   More >



Rafael van der Vaart retires from football

Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football after a series of injuries foiled his hopes of a farewell season in Denmark. The 35-year-old, who won 109 international caps, has played just six times for his new club, Esberg, since joining them at the start of the season. He told De Telegraaf: 'I'm here to play football, not to recover. Otherwise there's no enjoyment and that's why I do it.' Van der Vaart moved to Denmark two years ago to sign for FC Midtjylland in order to be nearer his girlfriend, international handball player Estavana Polman. He officially announced his retirement as an international player last month, though he last pulled on an orange jersey in November 2013. At the height of his career Van der Vaart was a fixture in the Dutch midfield alongside Wesley Sneijder and Mark van Bommel, playing in two World Cups and three European Championships. He was selected for the 2014 World Cup squad, but was forced to pull out a month before the tournament with a calf injury. Van der Vaart's club career began with Ajax, where he made his debut as a 17-year-old prodigy in 2000, before moving to Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.V    More >


Feyenoord to set new date for VVV match

Feyenoord and VVV Venlo will try to arrange a new date for their weekend league match which was abandoned after the floodlights failed in the first minute. Referee Bas Nijhuis stopped the game when the lights went out after 43 seconds of Sunday's evening fixture in De Kuip. Technicians were unable to locate the source of the power failure, forcing the match to be abandoned on safety grounds. Stadium director Jan van Merwijk described the incident as 'every stadium director's worst nightmare.' 'There is a fault in the system, but we were unable to locate the cause in the time we had.' Van Merwijk told RTV Rijnmond that the exact cause was still being investigated but the problem appeared to be confined to the stadium and would not affect the wider neighbourhood. Nog eentje dan.... De samenvatting van vanavond is nu online en hier te bekijken! 👇🏼#FEYVVV pic.twitter.com/mBuIBieZ9D — VVV-Venlo (@VVVVenlo) November 4, 2018 The two clubs were due to meet the KNVB's head of league football Jan Bluyssen on Monday morning to fix a new date for the game. Despite the setback, Feyenoord held on to third place in the Eredivisie as their closest rivals Heracles Almelo surprisingly went down 2-1 to NAC Breda. A goal two minutes from the end by Mitchell te Vrede secured Breda's second win of the season and lifted the club off the bottom of the table. FC Groningen remain in last place despite winning 4-2 away to Excelsior on Friday, while Emmen bagged a late equaliser in Heerenveen to draw level on points with De Graafschap and Willem II, who lost to AZ and Ajax respectively. At the top of the table, PSV squeezed past Vitesse Arnhem to keep up their 100% start to the season. Vitesse were reduced to 10 men after just 14 minutes after Danilho Doekhi scythed down Hirving Lozano, but a string of impressive saves from Eduardo kept the scoreline blank until Luuk de Jong struck from close range in the 69th minute. Ajax remain five points behind the leaders and eight points ahead of Feyenoord and Heracles. Utrecht's third win in a row lifted them to fifth, assisted by a howler by ADO Den Haag goalkeeper Indy Groothuizen. Groothuizen miscued the ball as he tried to pass it out of his own penalty area and gifted a goal to Utrecht's Cyriel Dessers. In Sunday's other game, Fortuna Sittard beat PEC Zwolle with two penalties by Mark Diemers to raise themselves to 10th place. Results: Friday Excelsior 2 Groningen 4 Saturday PSV Eindhoven 1 Vitesse 0 NAC Breda 2 Heracles Almelo 1 AZ Alkmaar 1 De Graafschap 0 Ajax 2 Willem II Tilburg 0 Sunday Heerenveen 1 Emmen 1 Fortuna Sittard 3 PEC Zwolle 0 Utrecht 3 ADO Den Haag 0 Feyenoord v VVV Venlo: abandoned due to floodlight failure  More >