The KNVB licensing committee will not decide this week on the professional license of Vitesse | Football

The KNVB licensing committee will not decide this week on the professional license of Vitesse | Football
The KNVB licensing committee will not decide this week on the professional license of Vitesse | Football
Door Jeroen van Barneveld

The KNVB licensing committee will not yet decide this week on Vitesse’s professional license. More clarity is only expected in the following weeks, the football association informed on Monday when asked.

The ailing Vitesse must have its affairs in order before Friday by the licensing committee, which works independently of the KNVB. Otherwise, the relegated club will lose its license to play in the Kitchen Champion Division next season.

The licensing committee’s decision will only be made in the days or weeks after the deadline. The five members of the committee need time to assess the documents provided by Vitesse. They are all active in the licensing committee on a voluntary basis.

Vitesse does not expect to have met the licensing committee’s requirements before Friday. The people of Arnhem still have enormous problems to solve. Vitesse is struggling with a debt of 18.9 million euros and is still owned by the Russian Valeri Oyf.

Vitesse must at least have severed Russian ties for a professional license, otherwise the club will have no bank account or accountant next season and may be in violation of sanctions rules. This promises to be an even tougher birth since Friday.

Huiswerk Vitesse

  • Uit Russische handen komen
  • Schuld van 18,9 miljoen euro oplossen
  • Zekerheid over een bankrekening volgend seizoen
  • Een ondertekende jaarrekening door een accountant
  • Een nieuwe raad van commissarissen aanstellen
  • Een nieuw stichtingsbestuur oprichten

Vitesse shares can be frozen

From research by a journalist collective, where Fidelity, NRC and The Financial Times are connected, it emerged that Oyf has been secretly financed in recent years by his sanctioned compatriot Roman Abramovich.

Vitesse therefore appears to have violated the sanction rules. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate is still investigating this. In extreme cases, shares in Vitesse can be frozen. Then the end of Vitesse, which has existed for 132 years on Tuesday, is inevitable.

Vitesse has already announced that it will appeal if the licensing committee decides to take away the professional license. The appeal will then be submitted in June. In this way, FC Twente avoided the imposed relegation from the Eredivisie in 2016. Vitesse will also consider going to civil court.

In any case, there must be clarity about Vitesse’s fate before August 9. Then the first round of play in the Kitchen Champion Division is on the program. The club had previously been deducted eighteen points for providing incorrect information and withholding information. This made Vitesse’s relegation a fact, after having played at the highest level for 35 years.

Vitesse vanavond op ‘Miljoenenjacht’

Edwin Reijntjes en Paul van der Kraan gaan maandagavond op ‘Miljoenenjacht’ bij sponsoren, bedrijven en geldschieters. De crisismanagers van Vitesse hopen tijdens een speciaal belegde sponsorbijeenkomst miljoenen op te halen bij het Arnhemse bedrijfsleven. Eerder haalde de noodlijdende club 1,6 miljoen euro op bij supporters.

De verwacht opbrengst is lang niet genoeg om Vitesse volledig schuldenvrij te maken. Reijntjes zei eerder al dat hij daarom ook naar buitenlandse investeerders kijkt, omdat volgens hem het enige andere alternatief een faillissement is. Volgens de Gelderlander is een investeringsfonds uit Bahrein een van de geïnteresseerden.


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