Amsterdam and Pinocchi have been neighbors on the Amsterdam Boss for years, with a healthy rivalry between them. But the mutual playoffs at the men’s Hovedeclasse Tulip created a huge gap in the relationship between the two hockey leagues within a week. Pinocchi reached the National Championship final at the expense of Big Brother, but the much-discussed incident of racism creates an icy atmosphere at the Bos.
On Saturday, after the second semi-final match, which Pinocchi won by force majeure 3-0, there was also an affair over the top. “I don’t want to say much about it, but one of our players was sung by his mother by Pinoke supporters. That boy was crying. I don’t know if this is the better sport, but definitely not for us,” sighed veteran Theon Rohoff, who said goodbye to Amsterdam. Saturday after 21 years of hockey.
Rohoff has gone through a lot of his rich career, but last week has been one of the most “intense”. It started last Sunday with the first playoff between the two neighbors. This ended with De Stitchneuzen winning via penalty shootout. But more than the outcome, the post-match incident has made the tension on both sides of the fence extremely crowded over the past week. According to Amsterdam, one of them was subjected to racist treatment by a Pinocchie player.
Rohoff: ‘It’s clear to us that this has happened. There were witnesses for us.
In Pinocchi they had a different lecture. There, everyone denied the racist remarks on Saturday. Striker Marlon Landbrough: “We believe our player’s word.”
As a result, Amsterdam essentially filed a complaint with the KNHB. Pinocchi did the same at the Hockey League about Amsterdam captain Mirko Broeser’s misconduct in the final stage of the match.
I’ve already lowered the temperature at Amsterdamse Bos.
The two incidents ended up being referred to the KNHB Disciplinary Committee. On Wednesday, the court ruled the conviction of the Pinocchi player and a penalty. Breuser was also punished. Both clubs resumed. The verdict was on Friday: Brewers was convicted and stood on the sidelines in his normal clothes on Saturday. The Pinocchie player’s penalty was dropped due to lack of evidence.
The remarks caused an icy cold in “Hit Boss.”
They were angry with Amsterdam. They felt doubly caught. Rohoff: We lost our captain and our point of contact at the front. They had nothing.
Multiple National Champion doesn’t want to and can’t let this pass. The team issued an anti-racism statement on match day on Saturday: on their Instagram account in a text message, during the warm-up period with a T-shirt with the word racist written on it.
This showed everyone what had been hot behind the locker room doors for days. Jesse Maheu, Pinocchie coach: “The whole situation was unveiled last week. We had to do it instead of playing great hockey. Let me suggest that we agree with the Amsterdam statement. We are also against racism. Look at the composition of our team, it contains different cultures. This It is the reason why we have also discussed this topic in the past. This was very disturbing, also for Amsterdam.
At AH & BC, the relationship had a huge impact on the group of players, Rohoff said: “It wasn’t pretty. Certainly not in the spirit of the present age. I was so shocked. I’m definitely not a saint, but you never made me a racist. Racism has a huge impact. You can also see that with the boy who was involved, he was really annoyed afterwards.
Although this affair had a huge impact on both Bos clubs, Landbrug also saw a positive side in it: “He gave us all the power. I think that was also Amsterdam’s intention, but we fared better. Amsterdam is blue!”
At those last words, the striker gave a big smile, because for all the blame and disciplinary back and forth, there was hockey on Saturday too. In front of thousands of frantic fans, Pinocchi defeated Amsterdam 3-0. Unquestionable victory. Rohoff: Pinnock really won. They were the best. We had a few chances, just a few corners. The result could have been much greater.
Mahieu was proud of his team: “I think what we did is great. I am very proud of that. But the performance of Amsterdam is also impressive. They were unbeaten in 11 matches in the second half of the competition, we were ten matches. They reached the semi-finals, and now we will play the final.” I’m really looking forward to that.
Cup of tea
After that, the coach looked at his stomach with a chill of the relationship between the two clubs. “I hope we, as clubs on a different level, can have a chat over a cup of tea and calm things down. We all know each other well and shouldn’t we be able to play hockey together?”
That was still tough Saturday: Players from both teams often looked for advantage in their game, resulting in three yellow cards and various disturbances. There were no bigger incidents inside the classes, but at the Amsterdam camp, the cheers disappeared after that.
For example, the temperature has dropped to the freezing point among hockey neighbors.
Rohof supports Mahieu’s initiative to warm the relationship while enjoying a cup of tea: “I just congratulated Jesse and said I like them in an app.”