Ajax Amsterdam’s ladies’s workforce is not going to be honoured with a public celebration within the Dutch capital on Monday regardless of claiming the Eredivisie title, as membership officers worry the poor efficiency of the males’s workforce this season will solicit a lukewarm response.
Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema had invited the triumphant ladies’s workforce for a customary balcony ceremony within the metropolis’s well-known Leidseplein sq., however Ajax declined the provide, resulting in a big backlash.
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The Ajax ladies’s workforce secured their third league title virtually three weeks in the past, and membership officers consider the second to mark the achievement has handed.
“We don’t help the timing or the place,” a membership spokesperson instructed the Dutch web site NU.nl.
Ajax are involved any public celebrations could be muted given the poor efficiency of the lads’s facet, “which might not be good for the picture of ladies’s soccer.”
The boys’s workforce are third within the league with one fixture to play this season, and look more likely to miss out on a Champions League place for the primary time since 2009.
“The dearth of a celebratory temper round Ajax typically, which is linked to the efficiency of the lads’s workforce this season, performed an element within the choice,” the Ajax spokesman continued.
Officers in Amsterdam’s municipality will not be proud of the stance.
“Sadly, with out the cooperation of the membership, the mayor and the alderman see no risk to organise a profitable ceremony this season,” metropolis officers mentioned in an announcement.
It has divided opinion within the Dutch capital, with one Ajax fanclub voicing sturdy opposition to the thought of honouring the ladies’s workforce, although for a distinct purpose.
“In our opinion, a public tribute in Amsterdam ought to solely be reserved for Ajax 1 [the men’s team],” supporter’s membership AFCASC mentioned in an announcement.
However the choice to cancel the ceremony acquired criticism too.
“With pals like that, you do not want enemies. Very upset in what ought to really feel like ‘my’ membership,” former Ajax defender Merel Van Dongen mentioned.