Last Sunday, the match between Wechelderzande and Grobbendonk was stopped after 83 minutes at a 1-0 score and was not resumed because people from the Grobbendonk supporters made play impossible by igniting Bengali fireworks and throwing solid popping bombs. Tommy Van Brandt, Grobbendonk’s trainer, was passionate about it.
“I was very disappointed with the events,” says Tommy Van Brandt. “From what I have heard, this action was deliberately planned by certain ‘supporters’ of Grobbendonk to disadvantage Pulle. If Grobbendonk is given a 5-0 defeat by the football association, the number of goals by Wechelderzande will increase enough to keep Pulle out of the final round. I cannot and will not support such actions, on the contrary. At the same time, those responsible for these actions did not grant our own players a nice end to the season. The players and coaches are very proud of what we have accomplished. Before the season, nobody would have dreamed that we would fight for the title until the last day of play. I was so dismayed by what I had experienced that I immediately drove home after the race. I toyed with the plan to submit my resignation as coach of Grobbendonk.”
The trainer let everything sink in for twenty-four hours. “A day later I had a conversation with the chairman and he assured me that he was also very sorry that something like this happened at Grobbendonk. Thursday (today, ed.) A new meeting with the board is planned. If it turns out that the board members support the aforementioned actions, I will drop out. Hopefully we can talk things through in a positive way and find each other. Then we can start preparing the final round together with the players.” (make)