In recent weeks, several matches in the highest division have been stopped. The cup match between Union SG and RSC Anderlecht also had to suffer.
The match in the Croky Cup was stopped when supporters of RSC Anderlecht threw cups. Afterwards Zeno Debast made the comment that this is not so bad if there are no injuries.
Carlo Smits, police commissioner in Bruges, cannot laugh at those statements. “The players must also be aware that they are an example. “When I hear Zeno Debast say that he understands the fans who stopped a match, I would like to write him a report for encouraging violence,” Smits is clear in Het Laatste Nieuws.
A generation gap perhaps? According to the Bruges police commissioner, Debast would be better off taking an example from Jan Vertonghen or Simon Mignolet, who make it clear that such behavior from supporters is unacceptable.
In the Limburg derby between STVV and KRC Genk, men wearing a balaclava were in the stands, while this is prohibited, but the police did not intervene.
“As police, we do not think it is appropriate to intervene in a crowded gallery for something like wearing a balaclava. This may only be done by police wearing a uniform. But if such a person enters a stand, the chance of escalation is high,” he said.