Van Egmond about injury time during the World Cup: ‘We are working on arranging this better in the Eredivisie’

Dick van Egmond thinks it’s very good that during the World Cup a lot of injury time is added. That is what the referee boss tells in conversation with the General Journal. During the first matches of the World Cup, fifteen minutes of injury time per match is no exception.

Van Egmond does not rule out that adding a lot of injury time will also be followed in the Eredivisie. According to him, positive attention to this phenomenon can do no harm. ‘We have been working for a number of years to better arrange this in the premier league and the number of minutes is already increasing.’

The Dutch boss of the referees is curious about the average of the entire tournament, because so far a lot of extra time has been added due to injury treatments. ‘It is also a theme now because something is at stake in many matches and the level is sometimes close to each other. In the Eredivisie, the amount of injury time is also increasing, but that usually doesn’t matter.’

‘Important to be consistent with injury time after ninety minutes’

Allocating the correct number of minutes of injury time ensures that the competition becomes fairer, says Van Egmond. The chairman of the referee committee at the KNVB has noticed that players and trainers are increasingly trying to stretch time. ‘Then a VAR has also been added, which sometimes needs extra time. It is important to be consistent with the injury time after ninety minutes.’

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